HSBC Malaysia launches Visa instalments

Pedestrian passes a HSBC Holdings Plc bank branch in the business district in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Wednesday , Jan 16, 2012. Photographer: Lam Yik Fei/Bloomberg

KUALA LUMPUR: HSBC Malaysia launched Visa Instalments, a new credit option to establish fixed repayment terms for select purchases over a set period of time.

In a statement on Monday, HSBC said the plan is to meet customers’ needs for instalment plans at the point of sale on eCommerce platforms.

“HSBC Visa cardholders can now instantly select to pay for their purchases in equal instalments at participating merchant websites.

“Instalment plans are offered with 0% interest-rate and range from three months (minimum purchase of RM300) and up to 36 months (for purchases of RM2,000 and above),” it said.

These merchants include Valiram247.com, Caring Pharmacy Online Store, TBM (Electrical goods), HLK Chain Store (Electrical goods) and MPHOnline.com amongst others and HSBC said more merchants will be introduced.

HSBC cardholders will also be able to access Visa Instalments on international merchants’ eCommerce platforms by 2022.

All instalment plans selected for the purchase amount within an eligible HSBC customers’ total credit limit will be approved automatically, with no new credit checks or additional lending required.

HSBC Malaysia’s head of wealth and personal banking, Renee Bullock-Cann, said: “HSBC seeks to deliver our customers a seamless, faster and flexible digital payment experience.

“With Visa Instalments, we’re enabling this capability, as well as helping our customers fit their purchases into their budgeting plans to alleviate the stress of making large purchases upfront.”

Visa country manager for Malaysia Ng Kong Boon, said: “Visa Instalments empowers consumers with an additional ability to choose how they pay upon checkout, and simplifies the current friction and time-consuming instalment process for buyers and sellers.

“We’re pleased to share that HSBC is the first issuer in Asia to introduce this solution to our cardholders in Malaysia, allowing them to split their payment purchases at participating eCommerce merchants.”

Source: The Star


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