Touch 'n Go will soon launch NFC-enabled cards, and future tolls might allow other eWallet platforms

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Getting through tolls on highways could soon be less of a hassle in the near future. Touch 'n Go (TnG) has finally announced the implementation of Near Field Communication (NFC) technology for the TnG cards. Not only that, but the government has also stated that it will soon allow the public to pay using any digital payment provider, not just TnG.

TNG Digital Sdn Bhd chief executive officer Ignatius Ong mentioned that the new card would allow users to top up balance using an NFC-enabled port via the TnG eWallet application. It's worth mentioning that the platform currently doesn't allow users to directly top up the card using the eWallet app, as "it needs a specific card reader to actually do the transactions for security reasons," said Ong.

Furthermore, the government is also ready to implement a multi-lane free flow (MLFF) system by 2025. MLFF is a barrier-free tolling system, without toll booths and dedicated lanes. "It will also be up to the public to use any digital mode of payment – whether you want to use Touch 'n Go eWallet, debit or credit card, or Visa or Mastercard or any kind of (electronic) payment system as long as there's a link available on a (particular) highway," said Works minister Fadillah Yusof.

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