Under the standard operating procedures (SOP) during the conditional movement control order (MCO), customers are required to give their details when visiting shopping centres, restaurants and other places of business.
While some men have expressed concern, women are especially worried that the SOP could lead to them falling prey to scammers and unscrupulous characters.
They said they dread their contact numbers falling into the wrong hands.
Businessman Nazuan Sariman, 28, who was at a hardware store, said he did not like giving his personal details but was not unduly worried about having to do so now during the MCO.
“I have been writing down my particulars at every place I go to, without much concern. I doubt anyone can do much with my phone number.
“There were some places during the first few weeks of the MCO that required our MyKad number too,” he said.
His wife, Siti Fatimah Mukhtar, 27, said although there were no problems so far, she did not like giving out her details.
“The contact tracing part is a good initiative and important to allow the government to contact visitors to a store easily if cases of Covid-19 infections are found.
“But those manning the screening area must be told not to allow others to steal the recorded information,” she added
Mohd Fairul Chek, 30, who is self-employed, said he was concerned about the contact numbers of his family members being misused.
“I would hate it if my younger sister received calls from strangers,” he said.
Fairul’s younger sister, university student, Afiqah Chek, 20, said that she would feel safer giving her details digitally as then only the store management would be able to access it.
“Some convenience stores and restaurants are using QR codes which you can scan and key in your details.
“This is a safer and faster process compared to writing them down in a book for all to see,” she noted.
Johor Police Chief Comm Datuk Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay said so far, there had been no reports of anyone misusing the phone numbers given by the public. — By JOHN BARRY
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