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No user data leak, says Malaysia’s COVID-19 tracing app developer following complaints on spam SMS

The MySejahtera mobile application was released last year to facilitate contact tracing in Malaysia’s efforts to fight COVID-19. Users could also book vaccine appointments via the app. 

MySejahtera’s website indicated that the app was developed through a strategic cooperation involving the National Security Council (NSC), Ministry of Health (MOH), Malaysian Administrative Modernisation and Management Planning Unit (MAMPU), Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) and Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI).

NSC said last year that MySejahtera was developed by a Malaysian firm, KPISoft Sdn Bhd, according to Malay Mail.

It explained that the development of MySejahtera began after MOH asked the National Cyber Security Agency, NSC and MAMPU to assess an app developed  by KPISoft, on a corporate social responsibility basis, to be made into a national app to monitor the spread of COVID-19. 

Following evaluation by the agencies, the application was found to be the readiest for national implementation among the choices offered to the government at that time, taking into consideration MOH’s desperate need for the technology, the NSC was quoted as saying. 

Last month, Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob said in the parliament that the one-year corporate social responsibility had expired on Mar 31, the Star reported. 

As such, the government would start paying the developer for the app from Apr 1, he was quoted as saying, adding that the government was discussing with several government agencies on the amount and method of payment. 

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