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Launch of UnionPay Virtual Card via SARAWAK PAY

Kuching: - Sarawak Pay is ready to roll-out the feature of UnionPay Virtual Card on its eWallet platform. This will enable Sarawak Pay eWallet to be used for payment overseas, wherever UnionPay QR Code is accepted.

This was announced by the Chief Minister of Sarawak, The Right Honourable Datuk Patinggi (Dr) Abang Haji Abdul Rahman Zohari Bin Tun Datuk Abang Haji Openg during the launching event today.

Sarawak Pay is the Sarawak State Government-owned mobile eWallet for cashless payment, which was launched in November of 2017 by The Right Honourable Chief Minister of Sarawak. To date, Sarawak Pay has successfully recorded over 23 million transactions with a total transactions amount that has surpassed the RM1 billion mark; with a coverage of half a million users in Sarawak.

“We have completed the integration work with UnionPay International (UPI) and I would like to thank UnionPay for collaborating with us. This effort is the result of the MOU which we signed with UnionPay International during our visit to China in April of 2019. I am happy to see that today we have successfully realised our aspirations to go global and that our Sarawak Pay eWallet can be used for cashless payment transactions internationally” said the Chief Minister during the launch.

During the launching event, YAB successfully make a payment to an oversea merchant using Sarawak Pay latest version 2.5.0, which will be make available for download starting from today.
“To heighten our branding and presence on the global stage, it is now timely for us to rename our Sarawak Pay eWallet to SPay Global and related to this, we shall seek Bank Negara approval for a bigger eWallet size.” said the Chief Minister after the successful launch.

Joining The Right Honourable Chief Minister of Sarawak in the event, is China UnionPay CEO and UnionPay International (UPI) Chairman, Mr. Cai Jianbo from UPI headquarters in Shanghai, China and his team from the UPI regional office in Singapore and the local team from the UPI office in Kuala Lumpur.

“in recent years, UnionPay has been developing its digital capabilities and actively leveraging its strengths in technology and products to meet the needs for payment infrastructures, financial inclusion and online public services in the countries and regions along the Belt and Road, and to improve the interconnectivity of local payment networks. UnionPay will deepen its collaboration with the Sarawak Government to explore the possibility of implementing physical-virtual card issuance and mobile pay products in the state. Meanwhile, UnionPay will share its experience in assisting local governments in the delivery of shopping vouchers as part of pandemic response to help improve the efficiency of distributing and managing local economic relief funds.” said Mr. Cai.

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