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KidZania Goes Cashless with TNG Digital

KidZania Kuala Lumpur, an award-winning indoor family edutainment centre that offers interactive learning and role-play experiences for kids today launched Touch ‘n Go eWallet Innovation Hub and Touch ‘n Go Z-Wallet app.

The app only available within KidZania Kuala Lumpur will enable the kids to trade in KidZos, which is the KidZania currency using their own smartphone or for those without, a loaner will be made available.

“The app enables kids to check their balances online which would make them start thinking about saving and to be more financial-savvy. This is indeed a milestone for us as a roleplaying indoor theme park in line with our motto of ‘Learn Life Today’. Helping kids understand financial aspects of earning a living is a key component of what we do here, “ said Shahrul Nizar Ahmad, Mayor of KidZania Kuala Lumpur.

He said experts have suggested that financial literacy should be imparted to children as young as kindergartners, citing preschools in England and Wales, where children are taught to use money, save and donate, which promotes responsible living.

Shahrul Nizar said although Malaysians are more attentive towards financial education and financial planning, the financial literacy gap in the country is acutely pronounced with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) reporting Malaysia ranked 20th out of 31 countries tested on financial knowledge, attitudes and behaviour.

This is across the general Malaysian population, what more among the young and children,“ he said, adding: “Thus, what we’re doing here at KidZania Kuala Lumpur together with TNG Digital Sdn Bhd is crucial to inspire positive change among our young Malaysians!”

As the Malay proverb goes ‘Melentur buluh, biadah dari rebung’, which means if we must nurture and mould someone, it is best to begin while they are still young”.

Newly-appointed Chief Executive Officer Ignatius Ong, who was the guest of honour at the event said, “Children in today’s world live in a technology-first environment, with some as young as 10 years owning and proficient with smartphones. As a cashless champion, we want to encourage all Malaysians — whether young or old — to embrace technology and consider going cashless. Through this partnership with KidZania, we are empowering the younger generation to learn about technology as well as financial education in a safe and controlled environment

The younger generation can also act as cashless ambassadors, educating their parents who may be resistant to hop onto the cashless bandwagon on the benefits where convenience at one’s fingertips is key to a cashless lifestyle,” said Ignatius Ong.

With the Touch ‘n Go eWallet, get ahead at KidZania Kuala Lumpur with speedy entrance via the #terusgo lane at the ticketing counter. What’s more, visitors can enjoy 35% off tickets and 10% off merchandise when they use their Touch ‘n Go eWallet!

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