Can you get fined for forgetting to check-out from your MySejahtera?

MySejahtera has been an integral part of our lives since last year. Apart from being the app to check-in at places, it’s also used to show your vaccination status when you go out.

Recently, Health Minister Khairy Jamaludin said that MySejahtera would have a check-out feature as well. But…why?

Since we’ve been reporting an extremely high number of cases for a while now, contact tracing has become a bit more difficult. Knowing how long someone was at a particular place will help the Ministry of Health narrow down the number of potential casual contacts to call, if there was a positive case in that location.

Short answer: No

You might be thinking that this is a pretty obvious answer, but recently, someone started a rumour that you could get fined RM1,500 for forgetting to check-out after leaving at each location. 

The Health Ministry of Malaysia, also known as KKM, was quick to dispel this myth and clarified that failing to check-out in itself is not an offence. 

So, there you have it. It’s totally fine if you’ve been checked-in at that 99 Speedmart outlet near your home for the last 3 days now.

Failing to check-in is still an offence

While it’s totally okay if you don’t hit that check out button immediately, do remember that you should always check-in to every place you go. This has been a strict rule since last year, and you should even check-in at places that you stop at for a few minutes, such as petrol stations. At present, the penalty for not checking-in is a whopping RM10,000.

Do note that this doesn’t just apply to MySejahtera, but even the SELangkah app or other QR code scanners that you use.

Image credit: SELangkah

Always refresh/update your MySejahtera

Also, to prevent any hiccups from happening while you’re checking into or out of a place, update your MySejahtera from time to time. Refresh it just before you’re about to enter a place so that your actual health status and even vaccination status will reflect accurately. 

As for those who use fake MySejahtera profiles to enter a place altogether, they’re in for some trouble. Recently, an anti-vax couple who dined-in at a restaurant as an experiment were arrested and the case is currently being investigated under the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988 as well the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998.

So that’s all there is, folks! No fine for not checking-out after leaving a place, but just make sure you’re checked-in after you get there. And if it’s still taking you a while to get used to having to check-out, you can follow this account on Twitter that sends you reminders every few hours to do so.

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