Alibaba Cloud Supports Sabah Pay to Accelerate Financial Inclusion

Feb 13, 2020

Sabah's new state-wide e-wallet platform makes it easier and safer for individuals and businesses to make transactions on Alibaba Cloud's IaaS platform

Kota Kinabalu, February 13, 2020 – Alibaba Cloud, the data intelligence backbone of Alibaba Group, has offered its Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) to host Sabah Pay, the latest e-wallet system for Sabah state. With this next generation infrastructure, Alibaba Cloud will provide a more efficient and scalable platform to support the state's vision to improve financial inclusivity and centralize all monetary transactions under one platform for a seamless experience.

Sabah Pay is the state's latest initiative to embrace digital economy as previously announced by the Chief Minister of Sabah, Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal last September when Sabah Credit Corporation (SCC) was given the mandate to set up the state's e-wallet platform.

Alibaba Cloud's IaaS service will provide Sabahans a comprehensive platform to conduct and record payments through a variety of citizen-centric services, as well as acting as a one-stop source for every visitor to know more about the state. The IaaS system will also offer elasticity and scalability, while maintaining cost efficiency.

Mr. George Taitim Tulas, CEO of SCC, said, "Sabah Pay is an initiative that aims to benefit not only Sabahans, but also tourists and merchants alike. Currently, we are hosting twenty-one government agencies and non-government organizations, sixteen commercial partners, and six products on our app. They provide services ranging from financial services, payment collections, events and promotions, public announcements as well as incident reports,"

"Our first choice was to seek the services of Alibaba Cloud. Its extensive list of successful case studies, as well as the team's commitment, dedication and professionalism, has proven to be the perfect choice for Sabah Pay. They are always committed to delivering the best services and solutions, and initial test runs with their IaaS system showed very positive results. We look forward to taking this collaboration to the next level in the near future," he further added.

It is also the goal of SCC in providing full financial inclusion that will allow every individual and business in Sabah to have access to a convenient, easily accessible and reliable e-wallet system. Financial inclusion is key to promote healthy competition amongst businesses to provide quality incentives, products and services, and for individuals to plan their finances wisely.

Mr. Jordy Cao, General Manager of Alibaba Cloud Intelligence for Malaysia and Thailand, said, "We believe our proven expertise in the e-commerce and e-wallet industry could assist Sabah Pay in bringing exceptional services to the state's community. We aim to deliver the most cost-efficient, advanced, intelligent, and secure services to every business partner we work with. We are confident that our IaaS system will be able to help them manage their services in a scalable and cost-efficient manner, in this fast-paced digital age."

"We hope that the partnership will bloom positive results and we look forward to a more extensive partnership with Sabah Pay in the future. We are also proud to be able to provide Alibaba Cloud's IaaS system to the Malaysian market, which is proven to be one of the most cost-efficient, effective and secure options available in the world.' he added.

Alibaba Cloud is the biggest public cloud service provider in APAC and ranked third globally according to Gartner. Alibaba Cloud operates in 20 regions and across 61 availability zones globally and has been named the first public cloud vendor in the world to obtain the prestigious Trusted Partner Network (TPN) certification. It is also the first Cloud provider to fulfil the additional requirements of Germany's Cloud Computing Compliance Controls Catalog (C5) and has more than 70 security and compliance accreditations worldwide.

About Alibaba Cloud

Established in 2009, Alibaba Cloud (www.alibabacloud.com), the data intelligence backbone of Alibaba Group, is among the world's top three IaaS providers, according to Gartner. It is also the largest provider of public cloud services in China, according to IDC. Alibaba Cloud provides a comprehensive suite of cloud computing services to businesses worldwide, including merchants doing business on Alibaba Group marketplaces, start-ups, corporations and public services. Alibaba Cloud is the official Cloud Services Partner of the International Olympic Committee.

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