Media Statement by Dr. Ong Kian Ming, Member of Parliament for Bangi and Assistant Political Education Director for the Democratic Action Party (DAP) and Dr. Kelvin Yii, Member of Parliament for Bandar Kuching on the 8th of September 2021

10 MySejahtera Wishlist items for the consideration of the new Minister of Health, Khairy Jamaluddin: Timely update of vaccination status on the MySejahtera App

  1. There is feedback that some individuals fully vaccinated under the PICK program are still waiting for their vaccination status to be reflected in the MySejahtera App. There are also individuals who have been vaccinated under the Selangor state government’s SELVAX program which have not gotten their MySejahtera digital vaccination certificates. This delay in the update presents obstacles for the affected individuals to go to workplaces which require employees to be fully vaccinated e.g. restaurants. The yet to be updated vaccination status on MySejahtera is also problematic when it comes to enjoying privileges such as dining-in and even buying groceries for those who are fully vaccinated.

2. Quick rectification of mistakes in updating the MySejahtera vaccination information

  • There are cases of a person’s name or IC number wrongly input into MySejahtera and/or in the Digital Vaccination Certificate. These kinds of issues should be quickly resolved when a request is made via the HELPDESK function on the MySejahtera App.

3) Updating the status of fully vaccinated individuals whose MySejahtera status cannot be changed at the PPV because someone else has “used” or “registered” their identity

  • Some foreigners have had their passports used to register another person to be vaccinated. This is akin to identity theft via MySejahtera.

4) The transfer of the vaccination certificates to dependents

  • Many adult children who registered their parents as dependents would like to transfer the digital vaccination certificate to their parents, especially those who do not live together or nearby. This should be done in a timely and transparent manner so that parents / dependents can enjoy the privileges of a fully vaccinated person.

5) Updating MySejahtera vaccination status based on overseas vaccinations

  • The current procedure, which requires an individual to go to the nearest District Health Office (Pejabat Kesihatan Negeri) needs to be changed, as it is cumbersome and not practical. It should be done through online verification and “interoperable” block-chain recognition where possible (in the case of Singapore for example, where we are supposed to have a mutual recognition system for the digital vaccination certificates). The current process which takes 4-5 weeks is far too long and not practical. A proper SOP to be undertaken at the MySejahtera level should be put in place rather than burdening the state or the district health offices with another responsibility that can be better administered by non-health specialists.

6) Updating of MySejahtera status post COVID19 recovery

  • If an individual who has recovered Covid19 does not report his or her status daily, the MySejahtera status may still reflect the positive case after 14 days of quarantine. This process should be streamlined such that individuals who do not update their daily status at the end of the day will receive a call from MySejahtera the next day. This process can be easily automated.

7) Allow those returning from overseas to have shorter quarantine times or home quarantine if they are fully vaccinated (This requires faster processing by MOH and updating of MySejahtera vaccination status); Allow those who are fully vaccinated to travel to countries with the low number of cases for leisure e.g. Singapore (This requires timely updating of the MySejahtera digital vaccination certificate)

Further ahead, we may want to consider issuing temporary vaccination certificates to tourists who have been fully vaccinated abroad, so that they can enjoy the same privileges as residents who have been fully vaccinated. This is one of the ways in which our tourism sector can be opened safely and securely to foreign tourists.

Increase capacity of MySejahtera HELPDESK and HOTLINE, including the use of technology such as Artificial Intelligence and Chatbots

The increased economic activity resulting from a faster response rate to vaccination certification related issues will justify the additional funds spent on increasing MySejahtera capacity.

9) Establish clear KPIs for processing requests for MySejahtera, eg. “X” no. of working days for processing overseas vaccination status

Once there is a critical mass of applications that have been processed and approved – automation can be applied to speed up and simplify the process.

10) Improve the MySejahtera digital contact tracing capacity to be able to trace at least 80% of all close contacts within 24 hours and provide better alert notifications of possible close contact immediately and advise on the next step of action.

This should be part and parcel of the Find, Test, Trace, Isolate and Support (FTTIS) national testing policy to ensure that the number of COVID19 related cases remain low and under control when the full effect of the national vaccination program is in place.

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Media Statement by Dr. Ong Kian Ming, Member of Parliament for Bangi and committee member of the Prevention of Outbreak at Ignition Sites (POIS) under the Selangor Taskforce on COVID19 (STFC) on the 1st of July, 2021

Prioritize Vaccination for Factories and Industries in Selangor to reduce the number and severity of COVID19 cases in the Klang Valley and nationwide

Yesterday, the number of COVID19 positive cases in Selangor reached 2836 cases out of a total of 6276 cases nationwide or 45% of total cases. It is likely that the number of cases will remain high in Selangor for another few weeks for a variety of reasons including the possible spread of the more infectious DELTA variant, and the continued infection of workers via their hostel / dormitory accommodations. There is an urgent need for the PIKAS program at the federal level and for the SELVAX Industry program in Selangor to run concurrently so that the vaccination of workers at factories and construction sites can be ramped up to reduce the number and severity of transmissions in the Klang Valley. We can only reach the “magical” figure of below 4000 COVID19 cases nationally that will allow the Phase 2 opening of the economy under the National Recovery Plan (NRP), when the number of cases in the Klang Valley is reduced. By saving Selangor, we can save the entire country.

The Selangor Menteri Besar, YAB Amirudin Shari, announced yesterday that 81% of the active clusters are factory related (or more accurately, related to the factory workers accommodation quarters) while 11% are construction site related.[1] When we drill down the numbers, the situation is even clearer at the national level. Of the total 325 new factory clusters identified since the start of MCO 3.0 in May 2021, 199 or 36.6% are in Selangor or Selangor related (meaning that part of the cluster started in Selangor and is part of a larger Klang Valley cluster). Of the 10802 positive cases identified in the factories nationwide during MCO 3.0 (including the lockdown period), 4891 were in Selangor or 45.3%. This is because Selangor has a higher number of factories and also more workers per factory than other states.

Under the SELVAX program for industries in Selangor, approximately 2 million doses have been set aside for 1 million workers for industries in the state, covering manufacturing, construction, retail, and others. The manufacturing and construction sectors should be given priority because of the high percentage of foreign workers, many of whom are living in very cramped living quarters. The industrial and construction zones which have recorded a high number of COVID19 cases in the past 2 months should be prioritized, for example those in Hulu Langat, Petaling and Klang districts. These vaccination programs should take place in the industrial zones or nearby, to minimize travelling for the workers since there is some fear that undocumented workers may be targeted by the immigration authorities, and the risk is higher when they venture farther from their workplaces and accommodation quarters.

Due to the high number of workers in the manufacturing and construction sectors in Selangor, the PIKAS program under the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) which is focused on vaccinating workers in the manufacturing sector should run concurrently with the SELVAX industry vaccination program. To date, two sites in Selangor have been identified as PIKAS sites namely the Setia Alam Convention Center and the Shah Alam Convention Center. The number of PIKAS sites in Selangor should be increased and should be located at the industrial and construction zones or nearby.

The PIKAS program charges approximately RM90 (to cover the administration fee for two doses, vaccines are provided free by the Federal Government) while under the SELVAX industry program, two doses will cost RM350. Therefore, MITI should ideally focus the PIKAS program on the SMEs that are less able to fork out as much compared to the large MNCs. I strongly recommend for MITI and STFC (with SELANGKAH and POIS) to sit down together to discuss the strategy for the industry vaccination program in Selangor moving forward, especially since a larger number of vaccines will become available in July and in August. As the former Deputy Minister of MITI and a current member of the POIS committee, I stand ready to facilitate this discussion between MITI and the relevant government agencies and politicians in Selangor.

Only with a unified effort between the federal and state governments, starting in Selangor, can we start to make a noticeable dent in the number of COVID19 cases in the Klang Valley and by extension, the whole country. Let us put aside politics to focus on the physical and economic well-being of our people.

[1] The calculation of clusters do not take into account the sporadic community spread which are not linked to any known clusters.