Public not compelled to use QR codes, but it’s more convenient – Ismail Sabri

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PETALING JAYA: The government has not made it compulsory for the public to use mobile device apps that scan Quick Response (QR) codes for registration when entering any business premises, says Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

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The Senior Minister (Security), however, said that its use was encouraged for convenience.

“It is not compulsory. If it was, it would be in Act 342. It is encouraged – like the use of face masks,” he said during his daily Covid-19 press briefing on Wednesday (June 3) afternoon.

Act 342 is the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988, which has been enforced since the movement control order (MCO) was implemented on March 18.

The government has launched the MySejahtera app, while Selangor uses the Selangkah app.

These apps utilise Quick Response (QR) codes for the public to facilitate self-registration before entering business premises.

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Ismail was asked about premises that forced the public to download and use such apps before they were allowed in.

He said that there were people who preferred using the apps as they did not want their information to be exposed.

“If you don’t use the QR codes, our instruction is to write down your name and handphone number.

“It cannot be compulsory. This may be a state ruling, which is against the standard operating procedure (SOP), Act 342 and other instructions issued by the National Security Council,” he said.

Ismail hoped that the instructions by the various states would be in line with those of the government.

“Some state restaurants can open until 10pm but some states don’t allow this – some are 7pm or 8pm. If possible, please synchronise with the Federal Government ruling (of 10pm),” he said.

-The Star

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