UnionPay, ERL push cashless public transport in Malaysia

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UnionPay and Express Rail Link are taking part in the new “Go Cashless on Public Transport” campaign by the Ministry of Transport Malaysia, to accelerate the use of cashless payments on public transportation in support of the national cashless movement.

Consumers who are travelling on KLIA Ekspres and KLIA Transit can now pay for their train fares using UnionPay contactless enabled cards.

In addition, UnionPay customers from mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, South Korea and Russia who have digitised their UnionPay Cards on their smartphones can make seamless mobile contactless payments at the KLIA Ekspres and KLIA Transit gantries with a simple tap-and-go movement.

“We believe that there is a need for close cooperation between private and public sectors to collectively drive cashless initiative forward,” ,” said Wenhui Yang, general manager of UnionPay International Southeast Asia.

“By making payments on public transportation as simple and convenient as just with a tap by using UnionPay contactless card or mobile phone, more locals and tourists will be encouraged to go cashless, and this will bring us closer towards the nation’s cashless vision,” Yang said.

As an added incentive for commuters to use UnionPay contactless payment on public transportation, consumers can look forward to discounts. From 1 July to 31 December 2019, every KLIA Ekspres or KLIA Transit ticket purchased with UnionPay Credit or Debit Card at the gate, counter or self-service kiosk will be rewarded with an instant random cash rebate of 2 ringgit or more.

Malaysia is one of the 37 countries and regions outside mainland China that accepts UnionPay contactless payments. In Malaysia, UnionPay Cards are issued by Bank of China (BOC), Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) and Public Bank. UnionPay QuickPass contactless feature is currently available for cards issued by BOC and Public Bank.