7 May - 2 min read
The Sarawak state government has launched a mobile bank initiative to provide rural folk in Sarawak with easier access to banking services. The initiative involves four banks in four mobile vehicles, Bank Simpanan Nasional (BSN), Bank Rakyat, AgroBank, and RHB Bank.
According to Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg, BSN will serve rural settlements in Sebauh and Sungai Asap; Bank Rakyat in Sebauh, Tatau, Sungai Asap and Belaga; AgroBank in Padawan, Bau, Lundu, Sematan, Lingga, Pantu, Tebedu, Asajaya, and Sebuyau; and RHB Bank in Asajaya, Sadong Jaya, Balingian, Oya, and Igan.
“This is a new approach for us to address the challenges faced by the rural population in accessing banking services,” said Abang Johari. The state government has allocated RM1.6 million to kickstart the initiative by helping the participating banks to purchase and equip vehicles with ATMs and other mobile banking facilities.
Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri James Masing said that the initiative would be a game-changer for rural farmers. “Now they need not go to towns for their banking requirements. These banking facilities are brought right to their doorstep,” he said. “I would like to thank the banking fraternity for their understanding to serve the rural population and the expeditious manner in which they answered the call of Sarawak’s rural needs.”
(Source: The Star)