Sarawak’s e-wallet apps set to go international


The Sarawak Pay app will be rebranded S-Pay in a bid to go towards international usage. — ZULAZHAR SHEBLEE/The Star

KUCHING: Sarawak’s e-wallet application is set to go international from next month in collaboration with China’s UnionPay.

In line with this, Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said the Sarawak Pay e-wallet would be rebranded as S-Pay.

“For (use) outside Sarawak, we want to brand it under S-Pay, so it could mean Sarawak Pay or Smart Pay.

“We want our mobile payment to be global in nature and not confined to Sarawak only. That’s the reason for the name change, ” he said after attending a dialogue between state government-linked company leaders and Temasek Holdings Singapore here.

Abang Johari said Sarawak Pay was working with UnionPay to enable its transactions to be accepted in other countries, including China and Singapore.

“At the moment it is only in Sarawak, but next month it can be used anywhere. As long as they accept UnionPay, they will accept Sarawak Pay, ” he said.

Sarawak Pay was launched by the state government in December 2017 to support e-commerce, financial technology and digital government initiatives in the state. It allows cashless payments to be made through a mobile app.

As of last month, it has 125,000 registered users and transactions valued at over RM35mil.

On another matter, Abang Johari said Sarawak’s trade with Singapore was set to grow, particularly in food and furniture.

He said Singapore businesses had shown a lot of interest since the state opened a trade and tourism office in the island nation in June.

“We have started exporting tilapia to Singapore and they want an increase in volume.

“The food industry is going to be very bright as we are promoting smart agriculture. Because it is organic, they are willing to pay a premium for it, ” he said, adding that furniture was another potential product for export.

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