BNM-MAS launch QR code payments connectivity between Malaysia and Singapore
By Digital News Asia April 1, 2023
- DuitNow-NETS QR is connected for travellers to make payments
- Person-to-person fund transfers & remittances ready by year-end
Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) and the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) yesterday launched a cross-border QR code payment linkage between Malaysia and Singapore.
The linkage will allow customers of participating financial institutions to make retail payments by scanning DuitNow QR and NETS QR codes.
Participants from Malaysia are AmBank Malaysia Bhd, Boost, CIMB Bank Bhd, Hong Leong Bank Bhd, Malayan Banking Bhd, Public Bank Bhd, Razer Merchant Services Sdn Bhd, TNG Digital Sdn Bhd and United Overseas Bank Malaysia Bhd. Participants from Singapore are DBS, OCBC and UOB. (As at 31 March 2023).
DuitNow QR is the national QR code solution in Malaysia operated by Payments Network Malaysia Sdn Bhd (PayNet). NETS QR is the QR code solution operated by Singapore’s electronic payment network, NETS. DuitNow QR and NETS QR allow merchants to accept payments from customers of different participating banks and e- wallet operators using a unified QR code.
The linkage will support in-person payments through the scanning of physical QR codes displayed by merchants, and cross-border e-commerce transactions.
The DuitNow-NETS QR code payment linkage is a key milestone in the on- going collaboration between Malaysia and Singapore to enhance cross-border payments connectivity.
With pre-pandemic annual traffic between the two countries averaging 12 million visitors, the payment linkage will provide merchants and consumers with a more seamless and efficient means to make and receive payments.
Both parties describe the initiative as testament to the countries’ commitment to improve the cost, speed, access and transparency of cross border payments, in line with the ASEAN Payment Connectivity Initiative and the G20 Roadmap for Enhancing Cross-border Payments.
The linkage is made possible through the strong collaboration of various industry players from both countries, including PayNet, Network for Electronic Transfers (Singapore) Pte Ltd (NETS), the Association of Banks in Singapore, and participating financial institutions from both countries.
In the next phase, BNM and MAS plan to expand the payment linkage to enable cross-border account-to-account fund transfers and remittances. This will allow users to make real-time fund transfers between Malaysia and Singapore conveniently using just the recipient’s mobile phone number via DuitNow and PayNow. This service is expected to go live by end-2023.
Bank Negara Malaysia Governor Nor Shamsiah Mohd Yunus (pic) said, “This is a significant step forward in realising the vision of an ASEAN network of fast, efficient and interconnected retail payment systems. The QR linkage between Malaysia and Singapore will benefit millions of commuters across the Causeway as well as business and leisure travellers. It will also be a boost to retail businesses in both countries. We will continue to work closely with our partners to accelerate our digitalisation agenda towards increased regional economic and financial integration.”
Managing Director of MAS, Ravi Menon (pic), said, “The DuitNow-NETS QR code payment linkage is the latest addition to Singapore’s growing set of cross-border payment linkages. These linkages will help boost cross-border commerce and enable our merchants, especially small businesses to tap on a wider pool of consumers. This QR code linkage between Singapore and Malaysia is an important milestone in ASEAN’s journey towards seamless regional payments connectivity.”
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