Apple on Tuesday announced customers in Malaysia can now use Apple Pay with their iPhone, Apple Watch, iPad, and Mac.

Starting today, thousands of retailers in Malaysia will accept Apple Pay, with support from some of the country’s most established banks across major credit and debit networks, Apple said in a statement.

According to Apple, customers with Visa and Mastercard cards from banks including AmBank, Maybank, and Standard Chartered Bank can now use Apple Pay, with American Express cards to be available with Apple Pay later this year.

Merchants such as KFC, Maxis, Machines, McDonald’s, Mydin, Pizza Hut, Starbucks, U Mobile, Uniqlo, Village Grocer, and Watsons — and apps and websites including Shopee, Sephora, Atome, and Adidas — now offer customers the ability to pay with Apple Pay, it added.

“We are delighted to bring Apple Pay to Malaysia, providing an easier, safer, and more secure way to pay with iPhone, Apple Watch, iPad, and Mac. We think users will love the convenience and security of using Apple Pay,” said Jennifer Bailey, Apple’s vice president of Apple Pay and Apple Wallet.

“Our customers in Malaysia will benefit from using Apple Pay with the support of the most popular banks, merchants, and our customers’ favourite apps,” she said.

Today, Apple Pay is available in over 60 countries and regions, and works with more than 10,000 bank and network partners worldwide.

In a separate statement, Maybank, Malaysia’s largest bank, announced that its Maybank and Maybank Islamic Mastercard and Visa Credit, Debit and Prepaid Cards can now be used with Apple Pay service in Malaysia and Singapore effective 9 August while the Maybank American Express Cards will soon be included.

Maybank card members will benefit from access to this safe, contactless and easy way to pay, as part of the bank’s continued efforts to expand its retail digital offerings in tandem with customers’ evolving lifestyle trends, said the bank.

Maybank Group Chief Executive Officer, Community Financial Services, John Chong Eng Chuan said this showcases the bank’s continued commitment to provide seamless digital payment methods for its customers.

“With our growing presence in this business segment, supported by the combined card user base of 15 million across both markets, Maybank is well placed to leverage the ease, safety and privacy of Apple Pay that would benefit our customers in both countries,

“As one of the leading financial institutions in the region, we are pleased to bring Apple Pay to our customers in Malaysia and Singapore. This revolutionary digital payment platform will enhance our customers’ experience, while providing another avenue for them to transact online with increased mobility and in a secured manner,” said Chong.

In a separate statement, AmBank Group Chief Executive OFficer Sulaiman Mohd Tahir said the adoption of digital payments has accelerated over the past few years, benefiting both merchants and consumers.

“Most Malaysians are likely to have their mobile phones ready at hand, and in view of that, we are enhancing our mobile banking services by providing more convenient ways to make payments. We are thrilled to expand the possibilities with Apple Pay to bring easy, secure and private payments to our customers,” he said.

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