Since the beginning of the pandemic in 2020, those of us who have been living in Malaysia will no doubt be accustomed to using the MySejahtera app to navigate around life in the ‘new normal’. Introduced as part of the government’s efforts to curb the spread of the virus by means of contact tracing, the app has come to encompass a number of other duties over its lifespan, including displaying digital vaccination certificates as well as providing self-assessment tests for COVID patients.
MySejahtera check-in may be abolished if COVID situation continues to improve in M’sia
But we probably associate MySejahtera most with QR codes and the familiar ‘beep!‘ it makes upon successfully checking you into a premise. That ‘beep‘ however, may just disappear from our lives entirely in the near future, as according to Malaysian Health Minister YB Khairy Jamaluddin, the need to check-in at the entrance of premises prior to entering may potentially be abolished if the COVID situation continues to improve in Malaysia beyond 1st April 2022.
“A decision on this matter will take almost a month because we need to look at this trend.“If there are not many changes to the infection trend, we may drop the check-in function,” he said to members of the press when officiating a closing ceremony at Putrajaya yesterday (30th March 2022), reports Malaysia Now.
The decision will also be dependent upon other factors, including mobility data as well as infectivity rates. His comment came in response to being asked about a statement that was recently released by the Malaysian Medical Association that called upon the Ministry of Health to scrap the need for check-ins using the MySejahtera application upon the country’s move into the endemic transition phase.
It is worth noting that temperature checks and the recording of personal details manually at premise entrances have already been abolished as of 11th February 2022.
The app was never sold to any private parties & continues to be government-owned
“The negotiation process is ongoing. but it is taking some time because it is quite technical,”