New online payment service allows bail to be paid in 30 minutes

  • Technology
  • Friday, 21 Feb 2020

Bank Islam Malaysia CEO Mohd Muazzam Mohamed (left) and Dapat Vista's Sabri signing the MOU, witnessed by (standing) Tan Sri Mohd Desa Pachi from Television Airtime Services Sdn Bhd. — Dapat Vista

Bail in Malaysian courts can now be paid online, making the process easier and faster as it cuts down the time taken to pay bail to just 30 minutes.

Dapat Vista (M) Sdn Bhd launched the eJamin service, in collaboration with two banks – Bank Islam Malaysia Bhd and Bank Muamalat Malaysia Bhd – that would facilitate the payments.

Bail is a set of court orders that an accused person must comply with to avoid being held in prison while their case is ongoing.

This usually includes paying a bail amount and certain restrictions like not leaving the country and appearing at court whenever necessary. Failing to follow these orders results in forfeiting the bail amount.

EJamin allows bailors (the person who pays bail) to post bail online for the accused, without having to travel to the court and bank to open a surety account (a surety is a person who takes responsibility for another's performance of an undertaking, for example their appearing in court or paying a debt).

Bailors are required to complete an electronic form on the eJamin site, providing their personal details and that of the accused person.

Once payment is made, the bail money is routed to the designated Bank Islam or Bank Muamalat accounts.

When the case is resolved, bail money is refunded to the bailor's bank account.

Dapat Vista executive director Sabri Rahman said the service allows bail payment to be made instantaneously via online bank transfer, cutting the process from four to five hours down to thirty minutes.

“The bailing process can be long and tedious especially during this stressful period. With this in mind, eJamin provides bailors a convenient and smooth bail payment experience,” he said, in a press release.

He said the system was developed in compliance with current judicial legal procedures, and is the first digital bail payment system in Malaysia.

He revealed that the system had a limited rollout in January at selected courts, and received positive feedback with 30% of bailors adopting the system.

EJamin is currently available at the court complexes in Petaling Jaya, Kuala Lumpur, Shah Alam, Klang, Ampang, Selayang, Kajang and Seremban.

Dapat Vista aims to roll it out to all Malaysian courts by end 2020.

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