Defence Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob has clarified in his press briefing today that there is no compulsory usage of the MySejahtera contract-tracing application when filling up at the pumps, contrary to the statement we received earlier today by the Ministry of Health’s Crisis Preparedness and Response Centre.
The senior minister clarifies that this will only apply to customers who are paying through electronic payment methods directly at the pumps.
“We have further defined the SOP [standard operating procedure] at petrol stations,” said Ismail Sabri. “For those who are fuelling up at the pumps and are paying using credit, debit cards, or online applications, who do not need to enter the store to pay, you don’t need to register using the MySejahtera app.”
Customers entering the convenience stores, surau, or any other facilities including service centres and car wash outlets at the petrol stations would still have to scan the MySejahtera app or register their details at the supplied log book. However, customers making payments at the ‘pigeon hole’ counter, as well as using the air pumps for tyres, are exempted from this rule.
Confusion arose yesterday night on social media after conflicting statements were provided by the authorities. Bukit Aman CID deputy director DCP Datuk Mior Faridalathrash Wahid was quoted yesterday saying that the use of the contact-tracing application is mandatory even if the customer does not enter the indoor premise.
The statement was made in response to a viral clip shared online of a man allegedly being fined RM1,000 due to not having “checked-in” with the MySejahtera application while refuelling his vehicle.