Prasarana installing debit card readers at LRT stations, testing to begin by end 2020

  • Technology
  • Thursday, 24 Sep 2020

Train stations may soon allow commuters to pay via debit card, with debit card readers spotted at several LRT stations. — MENG YEW CHOONG/The Star

Commuters may soon have another way to pay for their tickets, as debit card readers have been spotted at several LRT stations.

A spokesman for Prasarana Malaysia Bhd – which owns and operates the country's urban rail services including three LRT networks and the KL Monorail, in addition to operating the MRT line – confirmed that the new programme was still in an installation stage, with testing slated to start towards the end of the year.

He added that it was still on a trial basis, with more details to be revealed later.

Twitter user @Orangsalji83 had earlier spotted a card reader for MyDebit – a contactless payment solution under Payments Network Malaysia Sdn Bhd (PayNet), the national payments network and shared central infrastructure for Malaysia’s financial markets – at the Wangsa Maju LRT station.

An image in the tweet showed an entry gate with an ATM card reader where it usually would have a transit card reader or train chip slot.

The sign read “wave your ATM card on the card reader”, though @Orangsalji83 noted it did not yet work.

A local tech portal reported the card reader being in two more stations – Lembah Subang and Pasar Seni – and tested the device, discovering it showed different error readings for debit versus credit cards.

Debit cards registered an error stating debit cards were not able to complete a transaction, while credit cards stated that it was not allowed.

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