The Malaysian government is developing an app to help authorities perform contact tracing during the ongoing pandemic.
Minister of Science and Technology, Khairy Jamaluddin revealed in a tweet that it will be a collaboration between the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI) and the Ministry of Communications and Media (KKMM). As of now, there’s no specific release date or any additional information about the app.
Satu app juga sedang dibangunkan dengan segera bersama @kkmm_gov untuk memudahkan contact tracing terutamanya selepas PKP tamat. The app will enable @KKMPutrajaya to alert people who have been exposed to those infected with COVID-19, an important mitigation strategy post MCO.
— Khairy Jamaluddin (@Khairykj) March 25, 2020
Lowyat.net pointed out that the upcoming app sounds similar to TraceTogether, an app developed by the Government Technology Agency of Singapore.
#TraceTogether to stay safe together! Download the community-driven contact-tracing app, which estimates proximity between users via Bluetooth signal. No personal data or geolocation data is tracked. #SGUnited pic.twitter.com/8suV9klUQ3
— GovTech (Singapore) (@GovTechSG) March 21, 2020
The upcoming tracer app might just be a turning point for Malaysia’s fight against the spread of Covid-19. ’til then, we hope everyone is practising good hygiene, social distancing and in good health.
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