The credit is only usable at physical offline stores, but the youth are smart and have found another method anyway.
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Today is the first day to register and receive RM150 credits from the government under the e-Pemula scheme in an effort to transition the youth to cashless payments.
This RM150 credit is available to all full-time students or youth aged 18 to 20 via BigPay, GrabPay, ShopeePay and Touch ‘n Go eWallet.
Additionally, each platform will have their own incentives, vouchers, and discounts when you claim the credit via the respective platforms.
Not all is good news
However, terms and conditions apply for the usage of the e-Pemula credits, and it is restricted to use at physical, offline-stores only.
This includes ShopeePay, as these youth found out when they claimed their RM150 via the e-commerce platform.
While most assumed that having the e-Pemula credits in their ShopeePay wallet, it turns out that the credits are also only avilable for offline payments, not the e-commerce platform.
This means that you can use ShopeePay like a regular ewallet at physical stores, but you cannot use it to buy items from Shopee itself.
What you CAN DO & CAN’T DO for ePemula on ShopeePay— zuℓ ʚɞ (@mzhbs_) April 11, 2022
Can Do :
– Spent on offline payments which is on offline store such as Eco Shop, Tealive, KFC and more.
– Buy anything INSIDE Shopee
– Cash Out pic.twitter.com/tglHfIAtYv
When ePemula …— xᴍ (@potatoesxm) April 11, 2022
Congrats ur 150 it only can use for
will be credited offline purchase pic.twitter.com/EPevkMWV4y
you know that shoppee is an online shopping app and this epemula can be used for offline purposes only. then why bother partnering up with shoppee in the first place? :/— trace. (@melonogy) April 11, 2022
The Youth Find A Way Anyway
With all the ingenuity of the generation who grew up with technology, the youth quickly found a way to bypass the restrictions.
Twitter user Zefel introduced a way for the youth to spend their credit without the offline restrictions, by essentially setting up a QR code that pays yourself as if you are a physical store. That way, the credit gets transfered to the linked bank account and the RM150 is free of any restrictions of the platforms.
Okay aku tengok ramai tengah complain pasal ePemula takleh guna untuk online payment. Ada yang bagi suggestion pergi 7E beli topup shopee or whatever but meh sini aku ajar cara lagi senang takpayah keluar rumah. Refer thread dekat bawah 👇🏻— Zefel (@Zaiful_edi) April 11, 2022
The process is a little lengthy, but other users in the comments have agreed that this method works and they are able to use the RM150 credit for online payments or other purchases after.
An Insincere Execution
Still, many youth are complaining about the unneccessary restrictions on the credits this time, finding it a deliberate inconvenience.
Many demand to know the reasoning behind the restrictions, especially since this credit is targeted at youth and full-time students who may not have easy access to transportation and rely on online shopping.
What’s the reason for not allowing us to use our ePemula money for online purchases? Everything can be done online now anyways. Personally, as a student, I don’t exactly have the time to go out that much so I normally resort to buying the stuff I need online.— cleo is manifesting (@eyocleo) April 11, 2022
for those people who decided to make this rule for ePemula are so inconsiderate. some people who are staying at college which aren’t allowed to go out due to the pandemic can’t even use the money?? and how bout those students who stayed at rural areas?— bluuv (@bluuvbery) April 11, 2022
Dear government, if you don't want to give us money then just don't. What's with this epemula that can't be used online? What's even the point 🤡. Do you think that every shop have e-wallet payment? Kalau student Kat area kampung tu ingat diorang ada ke?— yune (@sol_eric00) April 11, 2022
ePemula can only be used offline in stores. Matriculation students are literally trapped in campus like what r we supposed to spend it on???— 翔 🏴 (@hadeyri) April 11, 2022
The e-Pemula credits are still available to be claimed until 1 June 2022 and are valid until 10 June 2022.
Still, it’s best to check the terms and conditions of each ewallet platform before you make the claim.
Anne is an advocate of sustainable living and the circular economy, and has managed to mum-nag the team into using reusable containers to tapau food. She is also a proud parent of 4 cats and 1 rabbit.