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 Assistant Political Education Director for the Democratic Action Party (DAP) on the 17th of July, 2021

Thankful for the opportunity to play a constructive role in Operation Surge Capacity in the Klang Valley

I would like to thank YAB, Dato Seri Amirudin Shari, Menteri Besar of Selangor, for giving me the opportunity to coordinate the ramp up of COVID19 vaccinations among the industry in Selangor together with the relevant federal agencies as part of “Operation Surge Capacity” (OSC).[1] The purpose of OSC is to ensure that every single adult in the Klang Valley (Selangor and KL) receives at least ONE dose of one of the COVID19 vaccines by the 1st of August. I would also like to express my thanks to the Coordinating Minister for the COVID19 vaccine rollout, YB Khairy Jamaluddin for agreeing to this appointment and for his initiative in coming up with OSC in light of the high number of cases in the Klang Valley over the past two weeks.[2] I look forward to working with Dato’ Teng Chang Kim, who is overseeing the rollout of the SELVAX Industry program in Selangor, and his capable team at SELCARE and also Senator Dato’ Lim Ban Hong, Deputy Minister of MITI, who is overseeing the rollout of the PIKAS program for the manufacturing sector in Malaysia, and his capable team at MITI.

There is still much work to be done to prepare for this ramp up which will see 1.3m doses of vaccines being administered from the 26th of July to the 1st of August 2021 out of which 500,000 doses will be administered for industry workers (250,000 for SELVAX Industry and 250,000 for MITI’s PIKAS). This means that the daily capacity in the Klang Valley will have to be increased from 180,000 daily doses currently (14th to 18th of July) to 210,000 daily doses (from 19th to the 25th of July) and then to at least 272,000 daily doses from the 26th of July to the 1st of August 2021 (Diagram 1 below). This would require an increase in the daily doses administered by the current PPVs under PICK, in the existing 5 sites that are already operating under SELVAX Industry and in the current and soon to be opened PIKAS sites in Selangor and KL.

MITI and SELCARE (who runs the SELVAX Industry program) will have to coordinate to minimize the amount of overlap between companies that want to get their workers vaccinated during the OSC. There also needs to be clear communication by MITI and SELCARE for those companies which have signed up for both programs (SELVAX Industry and PIKAS) and those who have yet to sign up for any program. For example, those who are willing and able to pay for the SELVAX Industry program should remain committed to this program while those who may not be able to afford the SELVAX Industry program can wait and / or apply for the MITI PIKAS program. More PIKAS and SELVAX Industry vaccination sites may have to be opened to cater to the increase in the number of vaccinations.

SELCARE will also have to work MySejahtera to push for those who have been vaccinated under the SELVAX program to have their MySejahtera status updated as soon as possible so that these individuals won’t be allocated slots by MySejahtera to go for their vaccination appointments. The ability of MySejatera to update its database to reflect the SELVAX vaccinations is especially important in impacting the ability of OSC to reach its objective of reaching full vaccination in the Klang Valley by the 1st of August.

Other details will have to be worked out by all of the stakeholders next week, before the OSC begins full force on the week starting 26th of July, 2021. We must work together closely and put politics aside in order for the OSC to work so as to bring down the number of COVID19 daily cases and more importantly, those with serious COVID19 cases and needs to be hospitalized and put in the ICU.

Diagram 1: Key figures in Operation Surge Capacity (OSC) to achieve full vaccination among adults 18 and over in the Klang Valley (Selangor and KL)




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[1] https://twitter.com/AmirudinShari/status/1416015854886473728

[2] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ObeHAhqSotg (Minute 10) and https://www.malaymail.com/news/malaysia/2021/07/16/khairy-operation-surge-capacity-to-ensure-every-klang-valley-adult-gets-fir/1990440

Kenyataan Media oleh Dr. Ong Kian Ming, Ahli Parlimen Bangi merangkap Pembantu Pengarah Pendidikan Politik Parti Tindakan Demokratik (DAP) pada 16 Julai 2021

Fokus kepada peratusan kes positif, jumlah dan peratusan kes serius, kapasiti dan kadar kemasukan ke unit rawatan rapi, dan jumlah kematian

Semalam, negara kita mencatatkan kemuncak baharu 13215 kes COVID19. Walaupun angka ini telah menyebabkan kegelisahan dan kebimbangan dalam kalangan rakyat Malaysia, penting untuk kita semua meneliti angka-angka ini dalam konteks yang berpatutan. Lebih banyak ujian saringan yang dijalankan, lebih banyaklah kes positif yang akan dicatatkan, perkara ini, bersama dengan prosedur operasi standard (SOP) yang bertepatan akan membantu usaha untuk mengekang penularan virus ini. Bergerak ke hadapan, kita patut tidak terlalu menumpukan perhatian kepada angka kes ini semata-mata, sebaliknya fokus kepada angka-angka yang lebih khusus dan relevan seperti peratusan kes positif, jumlah dan peratusan kes serius, kapasiti dan kemasukan ke unit rawatan rapi (ICU), dan kadar kematian akibat COVID19. Dengan tumpuan kepada angka yang tepat, ada harapan untuk pembukaan semula secara beransur-ansur, pelbagai sektor ekonomi secara selamat dan bertanggungjawab, walaupun dengan kadar kes yang masih tinggi. Seperti yang kita dapat lihat di UK, dengan 80% populasi dewasa diberikan vaksin, jumlah kes COVID19 masih mencatatkan purata hampir kepada 35,000 kes dalam tempoh 7 hari yang lepas. Apa yang lebih penting adalah, jumlah kes serius dan kematian akibat COVID19, terutamanya dalam kalangan mereka yang telah diberikan vaksin, kekal rendah. Perkara ini membolehkan ekonomi di UK untuk dibuka semula walaupun dengan kadar kes COVID19 yang masih tinggi. 

Sejumlah 134,569 — angka tertinggi setakat ini — ujian saringan telah dijalankan di Malaysia dalam tempoh 24 jam sebelum jumlah kes diumumkan semalam. Walaupun kadar peratusan kes positif dalam ujian saringan ini kekal tinggi pada kadar 9.8%, pendekatan untuk menjalankan lebih banyak ujian saringan ini adalah satu langkah yang bertepatan kerana ia membolehkan kita mengenal pasti pesakit positif COVID19 dan mengarahkan mereka untuk di kuarantin di rumah (untuk kes tidak serius) atau dimasukkan ke hospital (untuk kes serius). Apa yang lebih penting untuk diingati juga adalah 96% kes positif COVID19 ini melibatkan mereka yang sama ada tidak menunjukkan sebarang simptom (60.9%) atau simptom ringan (35.1%). Pesakit dalam kedua-dua kategori ini diminta untuk kuarantin di rumah. Namun, masih terdapat 531 kes dalam Kategori 3 (Pesakit yang menunjukkan simptom dengan jangkitan paru-paru), Kategori 4 (Pesakit yang memerlukan bantuan oksigen), dan Kategori 5 (Pesakit kritikal dengan masalah pelbagai organ). Tetapi, 531 kes tidak kelihatan merisaukan seperti 13,215 kes dan perkara ini memberikan gambaran yang lebih tepat mengenai impak COVID19 kepada sistem kesihatan. 

Setakat 14 Julai, 12.65 juta dos telah diberikan, merangkumi 36% populasi dewasa menerima dos pertama dan 17% menerima dua dos. Dijangkakan semua penduduk yang telah mendaftar untuk menerima vaksin di Lembah Klang akan menerima dos pertama mereka menjelang 1 Ogos (tidak termasuk migran tanpa dokumen) dan menerima vaksinasi lengkap menjelang penghujung bulan Ogos. Dengan peningkatan kadar vaksinasi, jumlah kes sepatutnya juga turun. Dalam tempoh peralihan ini, kita perlu beralih daripada terlalu fokus kepada angka kes harian semata-mata. Sebaliknya, orang awam perlu didedahkan kepada angka-angka indikator yang lebih penting seperti jumlah pesakit kes serius dalam kategori 3, 4, dan 5, jumlah kematian akibat COVID19, dan kapasiti unit rawatan rapi. 

Saya gesa Majlis Keselamatan Negara (MKN) untuk TIDAK menggunakan angka kes harian (4000 adalah satu nombor yang dipetik sesuka hati), sebaliknya, mengubah indikator ini untuk fokus kepada angka-angka yang dinyatakan di atas dan menggunakan maklumat ini untuk membuat keputusan mengenai bila ekonomi boleh dibuka semula secara beransur-ansur dengan selamat. Tambahan lagi, sebarang keputusan MKN mengenai mana-mana sektor ekonomi yang perlu ditutup perlulah diasaskan kepada data dan sains, BUKANNYA kepada spekulasi dan kebimbangan semata-mata di mana kluster penularan “mungkin” akan terjadi, misalnya di tempat membeli belah atau gimnasium.