MySejahtera app usage gets mixed reaction from Sibu folks

A file photo of people in face masks queuing to enter a market.

SIBU, Aug 5: As it is now mandatory for all business premises to use MySejahtera app for contact tracing, locals want the government to be mindful of those who do not own a smartphone, especially the elderly.

A former hotelier, Roy Ting, 59, fully supported the use of the application.

“It is in fact more convenient than using manual registration. For example when there is a long queue of people lining up to do manual registration, those who have smartphone can just scan the QR code to enter before having their temperature taken,” he said.

The use of QR code, Roy opined provides a more accurate information of visitors as compared to manual registration where people will write their name in either short form or one word only in the log book.

“But for those from the longhouse or elderly people who do not own a smartphone, they should be allowed to use manual registration,” he said.

A school canteen helper, Apple Lee, 43, concurred with Roy.

“How are people like those from villagers in Kanowit who are not IT literate know how to use the app? A number of them even do not own a handphone,” she said.

She hoped people like them will not be penalised if they do not use the app for registration.

“They should be allowed to use manual registration instead,” she said.

Apple has yet to use the app but “I will download it soon since it is a requirement before I  can enter a business premises.”

A retired teacher, Samuel Tan is also one of those who supports the use of MySejahtera app.

“It is more convenient to use app plus that if we are to use manual registration, everyone will be using the same pen to record their own name and contact number in the log book. There is no more safety unless you will be using your own pen,” he said.

Tan opined that the use of app, is also making it easier for the authorities to trace the people in case of need.-DayakDaily