Malaysia is proceeding with a government-backed initiative that would let citizens pay for government services using their mobile phones and tablets.

The Ministry of Finance has directed the Special Task Force to Facilitate Business to start a pilot, during which residents may use their mobile phones to pay for such public services as water and power, a task force spokesperson tells PaymentsSource.

“The Mobile Government initiative has been branded MyMobile,” he says. “A pilot project for this initiative will begin this month and carry on at least until the end of this year.”

MyMobile is part of the Malaysian government’s effort to provide citizens multiple channels for public-service payments and to promote the use of e-payments.

The Malaysian government’s goal is to receive 90% of its payments electronically by 2020.

The first two agencies participating in the trial are the Kuala Lumpur City Hall, where the capital’s citizens pay property and business taxes, and National Higher Education Fund Corp., which provides financial assistance to Malaysian students, the spokesperson says

“The pilot will be extended to 20 other agencies by year-end,” he says.

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