Cashless or not, Malaysia wants to give the choice to everyone

BUTTERWORTH: Malaysians should be given the option of choosing between cashless and cash transactions when making payments to government agencies.

Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng said government departments, which are moving towards cashless transactions, should provide such an option to the public.

“For me, personally, I am the traditional type. I prefer to pay in cash.

“But the public should be given an option, especially rural folks or the older generation, as they are still not very used to (cashless payment). It should be done gradually, in phases.  

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