The National Security Council minister announced yesterday that with immediate effect everyone must use the MySejahtera app to gain entry to shops, malls, business premises and offices or when using public transport.
It seems that manual recording in log books will not be allowed any more. Only where there is no high-speed internet would there be an exemption from using the app.
The reason for the new ruling is that many are not recording legibly in the log books provided, making contact tracing difficult.
People cannot be faulted for their severe and sometimes unfair criticisms of the authorities for decisions taken. This MySejahtera compulsion is one such case.
If people are not recording legibly, have we considered the following three perspectives?
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One, many cannot write legibly. As a former teacher, lecturer and trainer, I can vouch that students cannot write legibly. Even executives have this problem, what more retirees and the elderly.
Two, at every post where the MySejahtera scanner is available, a security personnel or staff member is usually on duty. Surely they could ensure that entries are done properly.
Three, in this age of computers, what is so difficult to put a keyboard for people to punch in the information (name and telephone number).
While it makes sense to get people to use MySejahtera, it definitely cannot be forced upon everyone as the only mode allowed.
Many people, even in urban areas, do not have pre-paid or post-paid internet plans in their phones. And some do not even carry their phones with them or may have left them behind absent mindedly.
Let us have a more compassionate approach. Where is the freedom to use or not use any app?
It is the duty of the government and premise operators to cater for options.
The Covid movement controls and standard procedures are socially suffocating. The emergency is haunting. The 10km restriction is dreadful. Please do not make life more difficult for the people by taking away reasonable options.
Some might even speculate if there is a hidden agenda behind this compulsion to use the MySejahtera app. And that is not healthy for the government either.