The Cards and Payments Industry in Malaysia: Emerging Trends and Opportunities to 2019

Date: 2015-11

“โ€ข The central bank of Malaysia, Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM), and its subsidiary Malaysian Electronic Clearing Corporation Sdn Bhd (MyClear) launched the JomPAY service in April 2015 to promote electronic payments in the country. JomPAY is a Malaysian government initiative supported by 42 banks offering a common payment platform for Malaysian consumers to make bill payments using online or mobile banking. Consumers can make bill payments free of charge to any JomPAY-registered merchant using a savings account, current account or credit card.

โ€ข BNM launched the e-Payment Incentive Fund (ePIF) on January 2, 2015, requiring banks to divert check-processing fees to encourage consumers to adopt e-payments, by providing incentives such as waiving e-payment transaction, security token and monthly maintenance fees. In 2013, BNM increased check-processing fees and reduced fees for Inter Bank Giro (IBG) transactions conducted online or by mobile. The initiatives are expected to drive e-payments over the forecast period (2015โ€“2019).

โ€ข BNM launched the Malaysian Chip Card Specification initiative in 2014, as part of a shift towards Europay, MasterCard, Visa (EMV) standards. According to BNM, complete migration to EMV standards with contactless functionality is expected to complete by January 1, 2018. As a result, from 2015 banks will gradually start to replace domestic debit cards with EMV-compliant cards with contactless functionality. This is anticipated to further drive debit card transaction value and volumes.”

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