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The Penang state government is aiming to convert all public markets in the state to use cashless payments by the end of the year.
What you need to know: The state government has appointed 282 digital trainers to guide market traders and consumers on using cashless payments. They have invited 18 e-payment companies to offer various incentives to traders.
Who said what: Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow hopes that e-payment will be accepted by at least 90% of the 56 public markets by December. Executive councillor Jagdeep Singh Deo said that the initiative began on April 26 this year at the Taman Tun Sardon market, which has been very well received since.
Why it matters: The reduction of cash payments can potentially lead to a more hygienic market experience. However, we’re not sure how this move would affect the people who actually frequent these markets the most, like the elderly.
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