IPOH: The air has been cleared and it is confirmed that not all MySejahtera users are legally required to update their health status on the app, with police saying they would make a request to cancel the compounds issued to 29 people for the non-existent “offence”.
Perak police chief Datuk Comm Mior Faridalathrash Wahid (pic) said the issue about compound notices issued to 29 oil and gas company staffers in Sitiawan for failing to update their health status on MySejahtera would be brought to the attention of the Manjung Health Department.
The request would then be relayed to the Attorney General’s Chambers to cancel the compounds, he added.
“There was some confusion over the matter and Manjung police had checked and gotten clarification on the incident with the Health Ministry’s inspectorate and legal unit.
“The Health Ministry confirmed that only those with symptoms, have a history of travelling abroad, have relations or close contact with a Covid-19 positive patient, need to update their health status on the MySejahtera app, ” he said in a statement yesterday.
News of factory workers in Manjung being issued compound notices for not updating their health status on MySejahtera had caused concern among the public over the weekend.
Prior to this, videos had been circulating on WhatsApp showing people how to update their health status on MySejahtera.
Comm Mior Faridalathrash said the people need not worry about police enforcement efforts.
“Each action by the police will be referred to the regulations. The people are advised to give their cooperation and be patient with the relevant agencies during the movement control order.
“We will also not hesitate to take stern action against those who disobey the law and the standard operating procedure, ” he added.
State Health director Datuk Dr Ding Lay Ming said only workers at factories that had Covid-19 cases need to declare their health status daily on MySejahtera as it is part of the manufacturing sector’s SOP.
She said this was part of the SOP to manage premises where infections had been detected.
“It’s listed under the positive case management topic (of the National Security Council’s SOP), ” she added.
Meanwhile, Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said while it may not be an offence not to update ones health status on the app, it’s good practice to do so.
“This is because the application was created by the government to assist in controlling the spread of infection and to allow users to perform self health evaluations.
“As such, the application is not just used to scan codes so that we can enter a place. Also important is that the status be updated constantly, depending on our daily activities, ” he said in his daily statement yesterday.
Noting the confusion which led to compounds being issued, Ismail Sabri urged all enforcement agents to not misinterpret the SOPs.
“I also hope and urge any such compounds issued to be canceled.
“Any misunderstanding and confusion that has arisen must be rectified and improved upon, and I urge understanding from all sides so that we can work together in flattening the curve of infection, ” he said.