Not compulsory but encouraged to use QR codes to enter business premises — Ismail Sabri

A Quick Response (QR) code on a smartphone. —

KUCHING, June 3: It is not compulsory for people to use Quick Response (QR) codes when they want to enter any business premises, Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said.

The federal government recently launched the MySejahtera app which enables QR codes to be scanned for Covid-19 contact tracing purposes.

Some state governments have also launched their own mobile apps.

Ismail Sabri was responding to a reporter’s question about premises which forced the public to download and use various mobile apps or they will not be allowed to enter.

“No, it is not compulsory to use the app because it is not in Act 342 of the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988.

“However, although it is not compulsory, we encourage everyone to use the app for convenience. This is because there are people who are reluctant to reveal their personal information such as name and phone number to business premises,” he said during his daily Covid-19 press briefing in Putrajaya today.

He added that by using the QR code app, public don’t have to write their details down in books or fear that their information will be exposed, and business premises should allow people to choose either option.

“It could be a state ruling, but this is against the standard operating procedure (SOP) under Act 342 issued by National Security Council if the public are forced to use apps,” he pointed.

Ismail also hoped that all state government will follow instructions and SOP in line with those from the federal government. — DayakDaily