Alternative bill payment options available to Astro customers who do not wish to pay 50 sen service charge, says minister

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Annuar explained that the charge was a commercial arrangement between Astro and Pos Malaysia. — AFP pic
Annuar explained that the charge was a commercial arrangement between Astro and Pos Malaysia. — AFP pic

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UALA LUMPUR, Oct 28 ― Astro customers have other options to pay their bills without having to incur a service charge, including through the auto debit method that can be activated via Astro Self-Service Portal or by visiting any Astro Customer Service Centre branch.

Communications and Multimedia Minister Tan Sri Annuar Musa said customers can also pay their bills via Astro Quick Pay, My Astro application, JomPAY platform or by tuning on Astro 200 channel.

“Since January this year, a 50 sen service charge for Astro bill payment has been implemented by collection agents, while Pos Malaysia Berhad has imposed the same charge on those who pay the bills at counters, beginning Sept 1, 2021,” he said at the Ministers’ Question Time session at the Dewan Rakyat today.

He was responding to a question from Kasthuriraani Patto (PH-Batu Kawan) who wanted to know why the 50 sen extra charge is imposed on Astro customers who pay their bills manually at post offices.

Annuar explained that the charge was also a commercial arrangement between Astro and Pos Malaysia.

He said Pos Malaysia which was corporatised in 1992 and listed on Bursa Malaysia in 2001, is now a subsidiary of DRB-HICOM Berhad Group.

Apart from providing basic postal services, Pos Malaysia has also expanded its business activities and become a leading integrated logistics and e-Commerce service provider in Malaysia. ― Bernama

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