PUTRAJAYA: The Ministry of Health will only accept payments using debit cards, credit cards and e-wallets effective Oct. 1 2022 after using its facilities as stated in a circular dated 21st June 2022.
The Ministry’s Secretary-General, Datuk Harjeet Singh said, cash payment would only be allowed if the customer does not have any e-payment mode or bank account.
Harjeet Singh said, the move was in line with the Ministry of Health’s Anti-Corruption Plan 2021-2022 which had outlined the initiative for cashless payment at its health facilities to prevent leakages in government revenue.
He added, the cashless payment is also in line with the 2021 Malaysian Digital Economy Blueprint which stated that all agencies at Federal and State levels must use cashless payment as an effective transaction method by this year.
The circular among others said, the cashless payment will not only reduce leakages of public money but also improve the efficiency of the revenue management at the counter as it is faster, easier and safer.
“The costs and work process in the revenue collection at the “pusat tanggungjawab” (PTJ) level will also be reduced besides the low risk of COVID-19 infection at the payment counter,” said the circular.
The circular added, the state health departments must ensure smooth operation of cashless payment at their respective facilities. They have to identify PTJs for the cashless payment using terminal-point-of-sale (TPOS) and DuitNow; identifying the number of counters that need to be equipped with TPOS and ensuring the person at the counter is trained to use TPOS. – Malaysia World News