KUALA LUMPUR: It now takes just half an hour to process a bail payment — thanks to the eJamin digital bail payment system unveiled today.
The eJamin system has already seen RM1.2 million worth of bail payments successfully processed over a 25-day period in eight court complexes –— doing away with a stressful process which used to take four or five hours.
The eJamin system was first implemented at the Petaling Jaya Magistrate’s Court on Jan 13 and has since been expanded to seven other court complexes: Kuala Lumpur, Shah Alam, Ampang, Klang, Selayang, Kajang and Seremban.
Malaysia is the first country in Asean to roll out the initiative.
Bailors are required to complete an electronic form on eJamin with both their personal details and that of the accused.
Once payment is made through FPX, a secure online payment solution, bail money is automatically routed to Bank Islam Malaysia or Bank Muamalat Malaysia accounts — the two banks which signed a collaboration agreement with Dapat Vista (M) Sdn Bhd to run the system today.
The bail money will be refunded to the bailor’s bank account via eJamin at the close of the case.
Noting that the system had been developed in compliance with judicial and legal procedures, Dapat Vista executive director Sabri Rahman said around 30% of bail orders in the eight courts had been facilitated through eJamin since its introduction last month.
Bank Muamalat CEO Khairul Kamarudin, meanwhile, said the system would help ensure better financial compliance.
“Since those who are being bailed are alleged to have committed a crime, and the process is done online, it helps reduce the risk of money from unlawful activities being used to pay for bail,” he said.
There are plans to introduce the eJamin system in all courts across Malaysia by the end of the year.
Agreeing that moving the bail process online would make the lengthy process quicker and safer, former chief justice Zaki Azmi hoped the system could be introduced throughout Malaysia as soon as possible.
“This is an important service we are giving the rakyat, but the target to cover all the courts in Malaysia by the end of 2020 is too long,” he said.
“What’s so difficult about it? Why by the end of the year? If it’s up to me, it should be done by the end of this month. I’m known to be a person who always wants to get things done yesterday… The faster you move, the better.”