JKMPay Expansion Delayed. But What Is It?

It has been “studied” since last year when it was initialised.
KPWKM minister Datuk Seri Rina Harun (credit: Shafwan Zaidon / Malay Mail

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The Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development (KPWKM) announced that it is postponing the expansion of The Social Welfare Department’s (JKM) Cashless Assistance Payment Pilot Project until its feasibility study is completed.

JKMPay was initialised back in February last year. Through the programme, Eligible individuals would receive 50% of their total cash aid through Bank Islam Malaysia Berhad and the other half through JKMPay Cashless Card.

Back in November last year, KPWKM minister, Datuk Seri Rina Mohd Harun said phase one of the cashless payment pilot project has generated transactions totalling RM334,059 from February to July in 2021.

She also said that a feasibility study of the pilot project was also conducted between 14 June and 10 July. According to her, the results were positive.

However, in early February this year, Senator Ras Adiba Radzi said that KPWKM did not seek the prior views of the people with disabilities community.

At the same time, Rina said that the JKMPay pilot project was still at the feasibility study stage.

Recently, JKM deputy director-general (Strategy), Rosmahwati Ishak, announced that KPWMK has postponed the expansion of the project while they study and make further improvements to the programme.

Since last year, the number of participants in the project grew from 1,066 to 4,722. There are still 519,409 recipients who are not involved with JKMPay.

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