SEREMBAN: The use of the MySejahtera app will put a stop to illegible handwriting or patrons giving out incomplete information.
“We used to have customers who would just sign in as Ah Chong or Wong. When we asked them to register properly, they would ignore us and say that the information was sufficient, ” said Negri Sembilan Coffee Shop, Bar, Restaurant and Hotel Keepers’ Association president Lau Yong King.
Some of those who registered manually would also scribble their phone numbers making it illegible, he said.
“This new ruling is good news as it will be easier for us to execute, ” he said, referring to the government’s move to make it mandatory for all business premises to use the MySejahtera app to ensure easier and accurate data collection of patrons.
Lau said that all association members would comply with the new procedure.
On Monday, Senior Minister (Security) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said it was now mandatory for all business premises to use MySejahtera although they could also use other apps like SELangkah.
Exemptions are given to premises in rural areas or small towns that do not have stable Internet connectivity.
Negri Sembilan Budget Hotels Association chairman Suresh Arumugam said its members had begun implementing the new ruling.
Suresh said some of the member hotels, despite facing sluggish business, had previously turned away customers who refused to record their details in the log book.
“They were okay about giving us their details before the check-in. But they were not happy to register themselves in the book as others could be able to see their names, ” he said.
Negri Sembilan Restaurant Operators and Cooks Association chairman Chong Foot Heng also welcomed the move as it would not incur any cost to the operators.
“I have checked with my members and they have all given their commitment to implement this new rule. This is surely a move in the right direction as we will have complete the data of those who enter our premises, ” he said.
The ruling was also good as some people had poor handwriting, thus making it difficult to decipher what they wrote in the book, he said.
Malaysian Indian Restaurant Owners Association member Kannan Govindasamy believed the move would also prevent culprits from targeting potential victims.
“Conmen are always looking for ways to scam people and the most effective way is to get their mobile numbers, ” he said.
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