Thursday, June 20

SarawakPay to be usable even in China – CM

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Tai (left) presents a token of appreciation to Abang Johari, while Abang Abdul Karim looks on.

SIBU: Sarawak is now looking into expanding its mobile payment platform – Sarawak Pay -to China, says Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.

“In China, even when getting coffee, people use mobile payment methods to settle their bill. They have UnionPay in China and also in Singapore, they have this link between Singapore and Union Pay.

“We want the same alliance between UnionPay and Sarawak Pay. (When) You go to China, you can use Sarawak Pay, the moment we have this agreement with UnionPay,” he said when officiating at the business dialogue here today, organised by Sarawak Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) Sibu Region, attended by some 400 participants.

He noted that retail banking was gradually fading today as more people opt to use mobile banking.

During the dialogue, Abang Johari revealed that the state has ordered a Cessna light aircraft under Hornbill Skyways, which is capable of carrying up to three containers of goods.

“We are going to use that plane to bring vegetables and agriculture products to Singapore and then also to the regional market.”

The dialogue was moderated by organising chairman and SCCI Sibu Region chairman Datuk Jason Tai Hee.

Sarawak Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) president Datuk Abang Abdul Karim Tun Openg also spoke at the function.

Among those present were Assistant Minister of Education and Technological Research Dr Annuar Rapaee, Sibu Municipal Council (SMC) chairman Datuk Tiong Thai King, Sibu Resident Charles Siaw, and United Chinese Association (UCA) Sibu president Ngieng Ping Sing.