Malaysians welcome digital registration but question need to manually log temperature

B. TAN finds that she has been getting more phone calls lately from strangers trying to sell something or solicit donations.

And she believed the problem began when she started jotting down her personal particulars in log books whenever she went to a restaurant or a shopping centre as part of the standard operating procedures (SOP) during the conditional and recovery stages of the movement control order (MCO) for the purpose of contact tracing.

The calls, she said, were from individuals with a variety of intentions.

“A company called up to sell travel packages. There were property agents and people soliciting funds for old folks homes and orphanages.

“On top of that, there were scam calls too.

“I know for a fact that my number was obtained from the log books that I had signed in for contact tracing, because they address me by my married name that I use for registering at the shops.

“I do not want to share too much personal information in those log books for fear of scams since there are so many of that going around. And it is proven that I am right to worry as I have been receiving many calls from strangers,’’ said Tan.

She said the callers would ask for Mrs Tan, the name she had registered in those log books.

Similarly, part-time tourist guide Saiful M said he started getting scam calls two months ago right after the MCO moved into the recovery phase and the contact-tracing registration was introduced.

“I think they get my number from the log books where I sign in before entering eateries and other business premises,’’ he said.

“It is really annoying to keep getting these many calls, especially during working hours,’’ he added.

Many Malaysians have expressed worry over their personal details being misused, which they say was the reason for their reluctance in writing down their full names in those log books at business premises.

As such, they are relieved and welcome the move by the government to make it mandatory for all businesses to use the MySejahtera app.

“It is a good rule, since I dislike manually writing things down anyway, and especially so when the pen provided has not been disinfected after each use,’’ said Tan.

‘It is certainly safer and more hygienic,’’ Saiful agreed.

Some, however, are left to wonder why they are still required to note down their temperature in the physical record books.They urged the authorities to define more clearly the procedures.

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