Govt mulls mandatory MySejahtera check-ins

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THE government is considering making the MySejahtera app mandatory at select premises to curb the spread of Covid-19.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Special Functions) Datuk Seri Mohd Redzuan Md Yusof told the Dewan Rakyat that the matter was being discussed with the National Security Council and the office of the Attorney General on whether check-ins via the government app can be enforced as a federal law.

He was responding to a supplementary question by former Deputy Health Minister Dr Lee Boon Chye (Pakatan Harapan-Gopeng) on efforts to limit handwritten registrations, which are more susceptible to misuse.

“We are looking at ways to increase the use of the mobile application at business premises, but we will not put a stop to manual registrations.

“This is part of a process to develop a new culture. We are considering various methods to make it easy for the people to help curb the disease,” Mohd Redzuan said.

The number of registered users of the MySejahtera application stood at 15.1 million people as of Aug 16, the Alor Gajah MP said. The app has so far managed to identify a total of 322 Covid-19 patients, which account for 3.4% of the country’s 9,200 confirmed cases.

Meanwhile, responding to a supplementary question by Bandar Kuching MP Dr Kelvin Yii Lee Wuen on whether the government intends to introduce a policy to remove all information on the app after the pandemic, Mohd Redzuan said there are existing laws on data protection which are sufficient.

“We currently have the Personal Data Protection Act 2012 where misuses of the data will be subjected to law,” he said.

It was last reported that the app has been downloaded by 13.3 million users as of Aug 10. This accounts for nearly 60% of those with mobile phones in Malaysia’s 32 million populations.

Cumulative check-ins with MySejahtera came up to 256.1 million over the same period, with 85% to 90% of check-ins done through the app.

Total premises registered nationwide with the app were 590,829, comprising both private businesses and government offices.

MySejahtera requires the registration of personal details from users who download the app, such as their contact number, email address, full name, identity card number, age, gender, ethnicity and home address that may help the Ministry of Health detect Covid-19 patients and their close contacts.