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Please be reminded that effective 1 July 2017, only 6-digit PIN will be accepted for card payments at Point-of-Sale (POS) in Malaysia.

All transactions performed using signature with your Credit and Debit Card will no longer be accepted for payment.

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Your existing Alliance Bank Card(s) will be replaced with PIN-enabled Card(s) in phases from April 2016 onwards.

The industry-wide move to replace signature cards with PIN-enabled Cards has started. Signature will gradually be phased out as cards and terminals are upgraded. When you receive your new PIN-enabled Card, you should enter a PIN when prompted, instead of signing, when making a card payment at a point of sale terminal in Malaysia. From 1 July 2017 onwards, signature will no longer be accepted when you use your Card to make a domestic payment.

What is a PIN?
A PIN or Personal Identification Number is a secret code that is either assigned to or selected by Cardmembers to prove they are the rightful owner of the payment card. PINs for Malaysian cards have six (6) digits. Your PIN must always be kept a secret and never noted down.
Why is PIN safer than signing?
PIN usage can help protect against fraud due to lost or stolen cards, because the card and the PIN are required to make a payment. This is why you must always keep your PIN a secret.
Why do I need to receive a new card using PIN?
You will be issued a new PIN-enabled Card only if your Card is a signature Card, as the signature Card does not support PIN for payment. We will be replacing your signature Cards in phases from now until end of year 2016.
How do I obtain a PIN?
Credit Cardmembers
  1. Credit Cardholders
  2. Debit Cardholders
    • When you replace your signature Card with PIN-enabled Card at any Alliance Bank branches, you will receive a temporary PIN.
Can I change my PIN?
  • Credit Card – You can change your PIN at www.alliancebank.com.my/cpin or at any Alliance Bank ATMs.
  • Debit Card – You can change your PIN at any Alliance Bank ATMs.
Can I continue using my signature Card after I have received/replaced my PIN-enabled Card?
No. All card issuers in Malaysia are required by Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) to replace signature Card to PIN-enabled Card for all Cardmembers.
  • Credit Card – Your signature Card will be blocked ninety (90) days after the issuance of your PIN-enabled Card.
  • Debit Card – Your signature Card will be blocked once you activate your PIN-enabled Card.
Is the PIN I use for making purchases the same as the PIN used at ATMs?
Yes. Each card will have only one PIN that can be used for both cash withdrawals at ATMs and purchases at point-of-sale (POS) terminal.
What happens if I enter the wrong PIN?
You will be allowed several attempts before your PIN is blocked. This is to protect you against the possibility of a third party using your Card. If your PIN is blocked, follow the instruction below to get your new PIN:
  • Credit Card – You can change your PIN at www.alliancebank.com.my/cpin or at any Alliance Bank ATMs.
  • Debit Card – You can unblock or obtain your new PIN at any Alliance Bank Branches.
What happens if I forget my PIN?
  • Before 1 July 2017, signature will still be allowed when using your PIN-enabled Card if you cannot remember your PIN while transacting at an attended POS terminal.The retailer can assist you to complete your transaction using signature.
  • After 1 July 2017, you will no longer be allowed to use your Card at any POS terminal in Malaysia if you do not know your PIN.
  • As a security measure, you must enter your 6-digit PIN at automated fuel dispensers (self-service pump) and other unattended terminals if you are prompted for PIN, even prior to 1 July 2017. If you forget your PIN, you will not be able to use your Card at these unattended POS terminals.
  • Follow the instructions below to obtain your PIN:
    • Credit Card – Change your PIN at www.alliancebank.com.my/cpin or at any Alliance Bank ATMs.
    • Debit Card – Visit any Alliance Bank branches to request a new Card. You will receive a temporary PIN.
Can I still use my PIN-enabled Card for contactless transactions?
Yes. If your contactless card is a PIN-enabled Card, the POS terminal will prompt for PIN after your Card is tapped on the contactless reader for transaction amount above RM250. However, low-value contactless transactions amount of RM250 and below do not require PIN or signature in Malaysia.
How will I know when a PIN is required?
All you need to do is follow the prompts on the POS terminal.The POS terminal will determine if PIN is required and if so, it will then ask for a PIN.
What happens if I use my PIN-enabled Card at a POS terminal that does not support PIN?
All POS terminal in Malaysia supports PIN. When you use your PIN-enabled Card you will be prompted to enter a PIN. Please enter your 6-digit PIN to authorise the card payment.
Will PIN be used to make card transactions through the Internet or over the telephone?
No. PIN will not be prompted when making payment transactions through the internet or over the telephone. The PIN that you use at POS terminals or ATMs must never be entered into the Internet or given over the telephone.
Do I need to enter a PIN whenever I use my PIN-enabled Card in Malaysia?
No, not all transactions at point-of-sale will need PIN:
  • Contactless transaction do not require PIN for transaction amount of RM250 and below.
  • Transactions performed at a POS terminal that does not support PIN for payment will still require signature prior to 1 July 2017.
Do I need to enter a PIN whenever I use my PIN-enabled Card at a self-service kiosk or terminal in Malaysia?
If the self-service kiosk or terminal supports PIN, it will prompt you to enter a PIN when you insert your card into the terminal. If the terminal asks you for a PIN, you need to know your PIN and you must enter the PIN to complete the transaction. If you do not know your PIN, or if you do not have a PIN-enabled card, you will not be able to use your card at a self-service kiosk or terminal that supports PIN. An example of a self-service terminal is the payment terminal in an outdoor self-service pump at a petrol station. Although it is possible to sign at an attended terminal if you do not know your PIN until 1 July 2017, this is not possible at a self-service terminal because it is not attended i.e. there is no cashier or operator to verify the signature. This is why you must always enter your PIN if the self-service terminal supports PIN. If you do not know your PIN, or if you do not have a PIN enabled card at an outdoor self-service pump at a petrol station, you may proceed indoors to the shop to pay at the attended terminal with signature.”
Will my PIN be accepted for payment in all overseas market?
Although the PIN standard for Cards in Malaysia is 6-digit, the standard in many overseas markets is 4-digit PINs. It is possible that you may encounter problem using your Card at an overseas terminal if the terminal restricts PIN entry to 4 digits. However, such incidences should be limited. Should your 6-digit PIN entry be rejected, you should:
  • Request the retailer to bypass the PIN entry and sign to make a payment.
  • If this is not possible, or the retailer refuses to allow signature, please use a different payment method.
Will I have to enter a PIN when I use my PIN-enabled card overseas?
Not all POS terminals overseas support PIN. Where an overseas POS terminal does not support PIN, you will need to sign when making payment. Some countries may require transactions to be completed with a PIN instead of a signature, hence there is a risk of your PIN-enabled Card being rejected if you do no enter a PIN when prompted. So if you will be travelling overseas, ensure you have a PIN for your Card before leaving Malaysia.
How do I keep my PIN secure?
It is very important that you keep your PIN secret so that your Card is protected against lost and stolen card fraud. Ensure your PIN is not easy to guess by avoiding numbers that can be associated with you such as significant personal dates (e.g.your birthday or anniversary), telephone number or driver’s licence number. Other measures to keep your PIN safe include:
  • Destroy any notification of the PIN and of any card security details;
  • Do not write down the PIN or the card security details nor disclose them to anyone else including the police and/or our staff;
  • Do not allow another person to see your PIN when you enter it or it is displayed;
  • Do not keep your PIN in a form that can be readily identified as a PIN;
  • Do not disclose your PIN to any other person (including persons in apparent authority, family members or spouse);
  • Do not negligently or recklessly disclose your PIN;
  • Contact us immediately at 03-5516 9988 if you become aware that your PIN has become known to someone else; and
  • Ensure any supplementary Cardmembers (if any) keep their PIN(s) secure.
What do I do if my PIN is compromised?
  • Credit Card – Change your PIN immediately at www.alliancebank.com.my/cpin.
  • Debit Card – Change your PIN immediately at Alliance Bank ATMs.

For more info, please visit www.pinandpay.com.my
How does customer identify a contactless reader?
By the contactless symbol or indicator as shown below.
Could I unknowingly make a transaction if I walk past a contactless reader?
No. Contactless cards must be within 4cm of a contactless reader enabled by the cashier for transactions to work. If the contactless reader is not processing a transaction, it will not read any contactless card presented in front of it by mistake.
What happens if I accidentally tap my card twice on the contactless reader?
The contactless reader can only process one transaction at a time. Even if the contactless card is accidentally tapped more than once, you will only get billed once for the transaction.
What happens if I have more than one contactless card in my wallet and I tap my wallet on the contactless reader?
If the contactless reader detects more than one card, it won’t complete the transaction. You’ll need to do the transaction again. You should make sure you only hold one card on the reader and always take it out of your wallet.
What if a fraudster reads my card by placing a contactless reader close to my wallet?
Each contactless transaction includes a unique code that changes with each transaction. It is generated by the chip in the original contactless card, and cannot be guessed from fraudulently intercepted card security details.
Could a fraudster steal my card and use it to empty my bank account?
There is a low contactless transaction limit of RM250, whereby transactions above it cannot be authorised without the cardholder’s PIN or signature verification. Transactions are analysed by the card issuer and overseas payment networks in real-time to identify fraud patterns and detect suspicious transactions.
Will I be held liable for contactless transactions made by a fraudster using my card?
In the unlikely event of fraud, you will not be held responsible for fraudulent charges or unauthorised transactions made using the contactless feature on your contactless card. You must notify us promptly of any unauthorised card use. However, you may be held responsible for unauthorised transactions if you were negligent with protecting your card or your PIN.
What happens when I use my Crebit Card at an automated fuel dispenser?
The automated fuel dispenser (self-service pump) will authorise the fuel transaction before you can pump fuel into your vehicle by sending a pre-authorisation amount on the payment card to your card issuer.
What is a pre-authorisation?
A pre-authorisation is a temporary hold of a specific amount from the Credit Card’s account. It is used to verify that the card is active and has sufficient credit limit.
What amount will be pre-authorised on my card when used at petrol stations?
The agreed pre-authorisation amount at petrol stations in Malaysia is set at RM200. The actual amount to be debited will be determined after fuel pumping is completed.
What if the amount of fuel pumped is less than the pre-authorised amount?
The pre-authorisation is not a charge and no amount will be debited from your card account, but your available credit limit is temporarily reduced by the pre-authorisation amount. After pumping fuel, the actual amount is sent to your issuing bank and debited from your card account. The pre-authorisation amount is then cleared within 3 business days after the transaction.
What if my available credit limits are less than RM200 or if I want to avoid a RM200 hold on my card?
Customers who want to avoid pre-authorisation are advised to go to the cashier where the exact transaction amount would be deducted from the credit card.

Debit Card
  1. Upgrade your old ATM/Debit Card/Debit Card-i to the new Debit Card/Debit Card-i at:
    • Any nearest Alliance Branch nationwide during banking hours.
  2. Upgrade your mailing address
    If you have changed your mailing address, please update your latest address now via allianceonline so that you can continue to receive correspondences from us.
Credit Card
  1. Credit Card Activation
    Your signature Card will be blocked ninety (90) days after the issuance of your PIN-enabled Card. Please be reminded to activate your new PIN-enabled Card as soon as you receive your card to avoid payment disruption.
  2. Travelling Overseas
    If you have received a new PIN enabled card and will be travelling overseas, ensure you have a PIN for your card before leaving Malaysia. Those countries that have not yet migrated to PIN will still require that you sign for verification to make a Card payment.

    However, because your new Card supports PIN for purchases, some countries may require transactions to be completed with a PIN instead of a signature, and there is a risk of your card being rejected if you do not enter a PIN when prompted.

    If you do not already have a PIN for your Card, please contact us at 03-5516 9988 to request a new PIN.