Malaysians Can Now Link Their Hong Leong Debit Cards to WeChat Pay

Malaysians Can Now Link Their Hong Leong Debit Cards to WeChat Pay

by August 23, 2018

Malaysians who own a Hong Leong debit card can now start treating the freshly-launched WeChat Pay as their extended Hong Leong account, with the announcement of a new partnership between the e-wallet and the bank. Now, users can link their Hong Leong debit cards to their WeChat Pay accounts.

This won’t be the first time Hong Leong strikes a local deal with WeChat Pay, with another geared towards China tourists struck back in 2017.

Where to Use Your Hong Leong-Linked WeChat Pay

As of today, Hong Leong Bank customers can use WeChat Pay for products and services that enabled the e-wallet, like Garena, Joox music, and telco prepaid top-ups.

According to a press release, the same holds true for any transactions in Switch, one of the premier Apple resellers in Malaysia.

Update: A Hong Leong Bank representative informed us that there will be no transaction fees either, whether for top-ups or withdrawals. 

Soon, the bank reports that users would also be able to use their Hong Leong-linked WeChat Pay for shopping in Giant, Genting, MyNews, and GSC, among others.

How to Link Your Debit Card with Your Wechat E-Wallet

1. In WeChat, Go to “Me”, select Wallet.
2. Click on Bank Cards, add a HLB bank card, then enter the 6-digit PIN for payment using the HLB Debit Card.
3. Enter Debit Card No, Expiry Date, CVV Code and email. Upon successful registration, a SMS will confirm the Debit Card binding to the Wallet.

For a visual reference, you can follow the video below:

The new development marks Hong Leong Bank as one of the first in Malaysia to join Tencent as a local WeChat Pay master merchant acquirer, though it will remain to be seen what that entails for both the e-wallet issuer and bank.

WeChat Pay made its official debut in Malaysia earlier this week, and began their consumer onboarding strategy with a free money scheme. By midday of the launch, WeChat Pay Malaysia had run out of money packets to give out to Malaysians due to demand.