PETALING JAYA: People can make four types of e-payment once the system is implemented, according to a Finance Ministry source.
The source said e-payment could be made through credit card, online government portal, and agency portals or through e-banking.
“The public will have service access similar to that of Maybank2U on Government related transactions,” said the source.
Yesterday The Star reported that all payments to the Government would be made e-payable by July 1.
At the local council level, over half have already accepted the payment method, said the source.
With e-payment, the public can make payments on assessment fees, business licences and traffic summonses.
The system will be implemented in stages beginning with Kuala Lumpur and involving 106 agencies.
At the local council level, more than half the local councils were in the process of working on the system.
Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) said the plan was welcome as long as people were given the choice to choose between e-payment and paying over the counter.
“Some people are still not comfortable about doing e-payments due to security reasons. The Government has to ensure that it is secure,” said CAP president S.M. Mohamed Idris.
Asked if e-payment would be safer to use than carrying cash, he said it was not necessarily the case because one could lose more money if the system is not good.
Although passwords should be changed periodically, people might not do it because they might have problems remembering too many passwords from various transactions, he said.
Association of Banks in Malaysia chairman Datuk Seri Abdul Hamidy Abdul Hafiz said that the e-payment system would increase productivity since people would not need to take too much time off for driving, looking for parking and waiting in line.
“The system is secure and efficient. Banks have invested heavily to secure the online transaction system. Moreover, people are paying to the Government, a trusted body, and not through a third party,” he said.
The associations executive director, Wong Suan Lye, said the Government’s move was the way to go global and people should embrace the method and not be overly worried about security.
By LOH FOON FONG
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