Malaysian Electronic Payment System

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Malaysian Electronic Payment System
Industry Finance
Founded Early 1997 (1997)
Headquarters Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Key people
Datuk Abdul Farid Alias (Chairman)
Zulkanain Kassim (Group Managing Director)
Products Financial services
Divisions None
Slogan Simple. Convenient. Secure
Website www.meps.com.my
www.mepsatm.com.my

The Malaysian Electronic Payment System (MEPS) is an interbank network service provider in Malaysia. It is a payment consortium owned equally by 11 local banks and has a subsidiary company named MEPS Currency Management Sdn Bhd (MCM).

MEPS plays the integral role in the implementation of smart cards for automated teller machine (ATM) cards, which are an upgrade to chip-based cards from previous magnetic-stripe cards issued to all banks' customers.

The card is also known as Bankcard, a card with multiple functions. There are three main functions that can be used, namely ATM (with various combinations of banking transactions), e-debit (online purchase payment) transactions at participating merchants and MEPS Cash (a stored-value card that can be used to pay at participating merchants).

Role[edit]

In brief, MEPS’ role encompasses:

  • Development and implementation of payment services
  • Provision and management of shared infrastructure for participating financial institutions
  • Operating e-payment clearing and settlement systems for the financial industry
  • Governing adherence to relevant standards
  • Developing technical standards and specifications for the Smart Card
  • Certification services for payment smart card and personalisation centres

MEPS provide the following services through its network to all participating banks:

  • Nationwide Shared ATM Network – An interbank switching infrastructure network for routine banking transactions including cash withdrawal, funds transfer, credit card and loan repayment, account balance inquiry, mobile prepaid top-up, MEPS CASH loading and Touch n’ Go top-up
  • Cross-Border Initiative – A cross-border ATM network and link with six countries; providing inter-country cash withdrawal services and will be expanded to include inter-country funds transfer and balance enquiry
  • Regional Switching for Financial Institutions – Provision of ATM switching services for member banks amongst their regional branches
  • MEPS ATM – Deployment of white-label ATMs which are owned and managed by MEPS. The ATMs offer services ranging from domestic and cross-border cash withdrawal, domestic balance enquiry and funds transfer. Cardholders of participating banks in Malaysia have access to these ATMs while cash advance facilities for MasterCard and Visa cardholders would be enabled soon
  • Payment Multi-Purpose Card Specification (PMPC) – A proprietary ATM and Debit chip-card standard which was developed by MEPS. MEPS is the central coordinating body for the national implementation of the PMPC and is responsible for developing the PMPC chip card specification, technical standards, technical integration, support and coordination. MEPS is upgrading the PMPC standard to become EMV compliant and renamed as Malaysian Chip Card Specification (MCCS).

Member banks[edit]

Listed below is the participating banks. However, some participating banks provide only selected few of the services offered by MEPS as mentioned above.

Former members[edit]

Awards & recognition[edit]

MEPS is accredited with the following:

  • ISO / IEC 27001 for Information Security Management System (ISMS)
  • ISO 9001: 2008 Quality Management System
  • MS 1900: 2005 Quality Management Systems – Requirements from Islamic Perspectives
  • The BrandLaureate Masters Awards in Interbank Payment Services
  • Malaysian Book of Records as First IT Company to be Certified from Islamic Perspectives
  • Top Ten Favourite Brands by Superbrands Malaysia
  • 2015 Cards & Electronic Payments International (CEPI) Asia Payment Awards – Best Peer-to-Peer Payments Initiative (Highly Commended)

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