Malaysians reminded not to be reckless

  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 05 Aug 2020

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysians have been urged to be more disciplined in using the MySejahtera app developed by the government to control the spread of Covid-19.

Deputy Health Minister Datuk Dr Noor Azmi Ghazali (pic) said the failure of the people, especially individuals returning from abroad, to use the application, could cause an increase in cases among the community.

“We are concerned about people’s carelessness and thoughtlessness after the movement control order (MCO) was lifted.

“For example, those who had just returned from abroad were subject to the Home Surveillance Order (HSO), but were violating rules such as leaving home, cutting off the wristband (to denote they are under surveillance) and failing to do self-assessment.

“We found that 24.6% of the 31,000 individuals subjected to HSO did not conduct self-assessment using MySejahtera. They should do it every day but didn’t, ” he said after appearing as a guest on the Bernama Radio’s Jendela Fikir programme yesterday.

He said quarantined individuals who were not using the app had made it difficult for authorities to track their whereabouts and they could face legal action.

Dr Noor Azmi said MySejahtera was useful to help the Health Ministry identify close contacts in the event of a Covid-19 infection in the community, besides preventing the emergence of new clusters such as the Sivagangga cluster in Kedah and the Sentosa Cluster in Kuching.

On Monday, Health director-general Datuk

Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the government will gazette the use of MySejahtera in all premises nationwide through the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988 (Act 342).

Meanwhile, Dr Noor Azmi said the mandatory use of face masks on public transport and in crowded public places effective Aug 1 was the right step taken by the government to curb Covid-19.

On the recovery MCO from June 10 to Aug 31, he said the government would make a decision based on the current situation and changes in the development of infections in the country.

“Whether the recovery MCO will continue or be replaced with another MCO will depend on the situation.” — Bernama

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