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MySejahtera revelations have shocked the nation

Is the private data of millions of ordinary people safe?

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Much has been said about the MySejahtera debacle. 

All the questions exposes made to date by responsible institutions and parties are legitimate. 

Many of the concerns shared on social media by ordinary people are reasonable, make sense and cannot be whitewashed with threats or brushed aside with politically correct statements. 

The undisputed fact is that Big Data has been placed in an extremely vulnerable situation. 

No amount of government promises, reassurances and even warnings can erase the fact that no one can now or in the future guarantee that the private hush-hush dealings over the collection of MySejahtera data will not be abused. 

How on earth could an overstaffed government of well over 70 ministers and their deputies not have had the wisdom to know about the fundamental ethics of Big Data management, national security, privacy and the safety of 32 million users? 

Would we allow the National Registration Department to be privatised? 

Would we allow the Ministry of Defence to be privatised? 

Would we want our police department to be privatised? 

What shocked many is that MySejahtera had an overseas entity involved, and it was a private enterprise to boot. 

This debacle is not a small matter. The entire government must be held responsible. Our national security may have been breached. 

No one can now guarantee that the MySejahtera data of 32 million people cannot be stored somewhere in the cloud, to be abused in the long haul 

Can anyone assure us that hackers will not be able to use the data for profiteering purposes? 

How could a government not take control, ownership and full accountability for such a Big Data reservoir of confidential information? 

Does the country not have IT experts and credible institutions to enable the government to initiate, manage and be the sole custodian of a scheme like MySejahtera? 

Has the nation’s security been breached and are we now exposed to unimaginable vulnerabilities in the future? 

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Gursharan Singh
Gursharan Singh
2 Apr 2022 11.21am

Malaysians may not be easily shocked as this may not be an isolated case but part of an accepted culture ongoing for decades since mid 1980s, Acceptance of this culture may be evidenced by the many cases and lack of action against those suspected or even if proven and even possible cases of some suspected being re-elected or appointed to positions of power and trust of public assets/companies.

Now the world may also have accepted to learn with Covid19 to ensure economic progress.

Bless all

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