MySejahtera app to be made mandatory for all biz

Police will revoke compounds issued to those not wearing face masks in their private vehicles

by HARIZAH KAMEL/ pic by ARIF KARTONO

THE government will soon make the use of MySejahtera application mandatory at all business premises, Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said.

The decision was made to facilitate the Ministry of Health’s (MoH) contact tracing process, Ismail Sabri said in his daily briefing yesterday, adding that the Attorney General’s Chambers will gazette mandating the use of the app very soon.

However, exceptions will be made for rural premises that do not have stable Internet coverage.

Meanwhile, the police will revoke compounds issued to those not wearing face masks in their private vehicles, as the current standard operating procedure (SOP) only requires wearing a mask in crowded public places.

“I would like to raise the issue of individuals claiming on social media to be issued with compounds while in their own vehicles.

“I have discussed the matter with the police and MoH, and decided that the police will cancel the summonses issued,” Ismail Sabri said.

Those who have already paid the fine can “reclaim the amount paid”, he added.

The government has made it mandatory to wear face masks when using public transportation, as well as in crowded public places as of Aug1.

Several allegations had surfaced on social media over the weekend of people being fined by the police for not wearing face masks in the car, at non-crowded places and while pumping petrol.

Ismail Sabri said the face mask rule applies to modes of public transport such as buses, taxis, e-hailing vehicles and trains.

“Among the crowded public places are public markets, farmers’ markets, night markets and even supermarkets. Tourist attractions and cinemas have also been designated as crowded public places,” he added.

“However, the use of a face mask is not mandatory at home and in the vehicle itself. Wearing a face mask is also not mandatory during physical activity and for children aged two years and under.”

On Sunday, a total of 209 individuals were issued fines by the police for disobeying the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO).

“The police conducted 59,266 inspections to monitor and enforce the RMCO SOPs.

“A total of 3,755 supermarkets, 5,302 restaurants and 1,415 hawkers, and 2,373 public/farmers’ markets were inspected. Also inspected were 4,123 places of worship and 1,619 leisure places,” Ismail Sabri said.

Among the offences of disobeying RMCO instructions were activities in pubs/nightclubs (13), premises operating overtime (31), activities involving the presence of the public which complicates social distancing (50) and any activity that violates the SOPs (115).

From July 24 to Aug 2, around 4,768 individuals returned to Malaysia through the international border entrances. They were housed in 19 hotels and five public training institutes in Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Negri Sembilan, Penang, Johor, Sarawak and Kelantan.

They returned from 26 countries, namely the Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, Cambodia, Singapore, Vietnam, Brunei, Qatar, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Hong Kong, India, the United Arab Emirates, Japan, Turkey, South Korea, Iran, Bangladesh, Taiwan, China, the UK, Netherlands, Papua New Guinea, Egypt, Spain and Australia.

On reports of students returning from Yemen who could not afford quarantine costs, Ismail Sabri said students who cannot pay will be exempted, provided they make an appeal when entering the quarantine centres.

“If the student is sponsored by a government agency, the sponsoring body will bear the cost of quarantine.

“For students from the bottom 40% families returning from abroad, they can apply for exemption and the verification process will be done through the existing data from Bantuan Sara Hidup,” he said.