‘Upload RTK results first’

A shopper using the cashless payment system at Bayan Baru Market. Many agencies and markets in Penang have made good use of technology to reduce physical contact during the pandemic. — Filepic

THE Penang Island City Council (MBPP) has launched an online portal for the public to make appointments for council-related matters.

MBPP mayor Datuk Yew Tung Seang said those who wished to make appointments could upload their Covid-19 rapid antigen test (RTK) results on the portal before visiting the council office.

Yew: MBPP has quickly adapted to the new norm.Yew: MBPP has quickly adapted to the new norm.

“The public can log in to http://itemu.mbpp.gov.my/ and give details including their name, identity card number, email address, the person they wish to meet, which department, the reason for the meeting, and the suggested date and time.

“They will also need to submit a photo showing their RTK results,” he said during the launch of the system called ‘itemu’.

Yew added that the council quickly adapted to the new norm after the movement control order was implemented in March last year.

“We were the first local council to start having virtual meetings.”

Yew said out of 2,743 council staff members who had taken the RTK test from Oct 1, 12 tested positive for Covid-19, which is a positivity rate of 0.48%.

Meanwhile, state local government committee chairman Jagdeep Singh Deo said the newly launched system would allow those who tested negative for Covid-19 to meet council staff face to face.

“We have to make good use of technology to ensure the safety and health of Penangites.

“The percentage of technology usership in Penang is high and I am happy that Penangites understand the need to use technology to fight against Covid-19.”

Jagdeep also said more than 20 state government agencies had adopted the cashless system to reduce physical contact.

“The initiative to go cashless at all agencies is receiving a positive response.

“From Jan 1 to Aug 31 this year, 23 state government agencies went cashless, recording RM1.1mil worth of transactions which is 67% of the total transactions.

“Traders at 56 public markets were among the first to turn to cashless transactions.

“They recorded over 400,000 transactions carried out over the past 18 months.

“The transactions were worth RM7.15mil,” he said.

Also present at the launch of the itemu system was MBPP secretary Datuk Addnan Mohd Razali.

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