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PERTAMA Digital Berhad announced that the public can now make digital payments up to RM500,000 court bail through its application called eJamin.
eJamin is a digital court bail payment solution that was introduced during the Opening of the Legal Year by the Chief Justice of Malaysia, Tun Tengku Maimun Tuan Mat, on January 10, 2020.
“With the support of court officers throughout the country, eJamin has reduced the bail process from half a day to mere minutes, enabling bail payment via smart phones and web browsers,” the company said in a filing to Bursa Malaysia.
Previously, online bank transfers by individuals for bails were capped at RM30k for each transaction in accordance with the Standard B2C Financial Process Exchange (FPX) Limit of Payments Network Malaysia Sdn Bhd (PayNet).
This limit has now been increased to RM500,000.
“We are extremely grateful for the active role of the Malaysian Judiciary on this initiative, as well as for the assistance of PayNet and participating banks,” said Pertama Digital ED Sabri Ab Rahman.
“As bail amounts in Malaysia can range from a few thousand up to a million or more, the increase in FPX limit for each transaction will enable more people to take advantage of the convenient digital bail process through eJamin,” said Amanda Sabri, CEO of DAPAT Vista (M) Sdn Bhd (a member of the Pertama Digital group) that operates eJamin.
“Previously, people had to rush between the court and banks to complete the bail process manually. If bail was paid late, the accused person would facetime in lock-up. Facilitating quick bail pending conclusion of court cases helps avoid queues at banks and courts and cramming in lock-ups, hence complying with physical distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic,” she said.
To date, eJamin has been implemented in more than 140 court locations around Malaysia and the number is still growing in line with the courts’ encouragement towards the digital shift.
Pertama Digital is also currently working on expanding the digital bail system for police remands and the Syariah criminal courts.
Earlier this year, Pertama Digital reported that a total of RM45.46 million in bail collections were collected from January to December 2020, with a monthly growth rate of 18.21%.