Paving the way to one-card utopia

By Julian Matthews, June 4, 1999

On the surface, the premise for Malaysia’s national multipurpose card (MPC) project seems logical–a single smartcard to combine all functions and then some, instead of the various cards cluttering one’s wallet.

Embedded on a chip on the card would be one’s identity, medical details, driving license, and passport. It would also double as credit, debit, e-cash and automated teller machine (ATM) card.

With a thumb print or identity number, the card could also function as an access key for individualized applications such as club memberships, ticket-less air travel, shopping discounts or allowing access to buildings and restricted areas.
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Banks to Launch E-purse Pilot

By Julian Matthews

Six local banks will launch a commercial pilot for an electronic purse system in January, the first of its kind in the country.

The system uses reloadable chip-based cards which are the forerunners to the national multipurpose card the government plans to rollout as part of its Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC) project.

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