Sarawak Pay users soar as Covid-19 drives transactions online

Abang Johari (in white) at the launch today. – Sarawak First Media photo

SARAWAK Pay, the state government’s e-wallet application, has recorded a total of 13.789 million transactions worth RM588 million since its inception 2017, with the Covid-19 pandemic making the platform even more popular.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said 443,396 users and 64,254 merchants were registered within the same period.

Abang Johari recalled that when the e-wallet application was first introduced, people were sceptical to use Sarawak Pay, Borneo Post reported.

“But when Covid-19 spread and everyone was told to stay at home, we could see the increasing number of its users.

“Even members of Kampung Buntal Fishermen Association in Kuching initiated their own efforts to use Sarawak Pay in their transactions with their customers during Movement Control Order,” he said when launching of Sarawak Pay and WiFi facility at Sibu Central Market today.

Sibu Central Market has become the largest number of Sarawak Pay merchants.

He said with Sarawak Pay, shoppers at the market would be able to make purchases via their smartphones with ease.

To note, more than 800 out of 1,170 traders at the Sibu Central Market have registered themselves as Sarawak Pay merchants so far.

“They can use Sarawak Pay to buy ‘belacan’ (shrimp paste), ‘kueh’ (cakes) and shake their smartphones for rewards later on,” he said

Meanwhile, Sibu Municipal Council chairman Clarence Ting said he was optimistic that the market would record an additional 1,000 visitors daily with the use of Sarawak Pay by the traders and the availability of WiFi service.

Currently, the market receives about 2,500 visitors daily during weekdays and more than 4,000 visitors during the weekend, he added.

Also present at the event were State Secretary Datuk Amar Jaul Samion, Local Government and Housing Minister Dato Sri Dr Sim Kui Hian, Assistant Minister of Education, Science and Technological Research Dr Annuar Rapaee and Sarawak Multimedia Authority general manager Dr Zaidi Razak.