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.
Perasan benda ni kat LRT Wangsa Maju tadi. RapidKL pun dah boleh buat direct payment guna kad ATM. Touch n Go pulak nak tunggu tahun 3030 baru boleh topup online agaknya. pic.twitter.com/YJhGyTwu7Z— snowman (@orangsalji83) September 22, 2020
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.