Gov’t Finally Takes Over MySejahtera After Years Of Controversy

The government claims they now own all the user data, source code, brand, logo and etc.
(credit: Malay Mail)

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During the pandemic, the administration at that time appointed Entomo Malaysia (formerly KPISoft Malaysia), a local company, to developed the app, but the government doesn’t fully own the it. Experts even suggested to stop using the app until the ownership has been sorted out.

Last week, we reported that according to the 2021 audit report released by Auditor-General Datuk Seri Nik Azman Nik Abdul Majid, an unknown individual or group created a “super admin” account that downloaded private information belonging to three million people via the MySejahtera app two years ago.

After almost three years since the launch of MySejahtera back in April 2020, the government has finally taken over ownership of the app.

Malay Mail reports that the Ministry of Health (MoH) has completed the procurement process to manage MySejahtera through direct negotiation. The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) chairman Wong Kah Woh had asked about the government’s actions regarding the MySejahtera app following a report presented to the House in 2022.

Last October, the PAC had called for a review of the decision to award the app contract through direct negotiations and recommended that the government take over the app through Malaysian Administrative Modernisation and Management Planning Unit (Mampu).

The Ministry has ensured that the government owns all modules, intellectual property rights, source code, data, brand, and logo of the MySejahtera app. The government has perpetual licence rights to use the platform without any cost and can continue building additional modules for public health digitization needs.

The Ministry also obtained a copyright certificate from MyIPO for MySejahtera in August 2022, which guarantees that all user data is owned by the government and protected under the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988 (Act 342), in accordance with the PAC’s recommendations.

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