Selangor Journal
Workers make necessary preparations to comply with the social distancing rule at the Khulafa restaurant in Section 14, Shah Alam, on May 3, 2020. — Picture by ASRI SAPFIE/SELANGORKINI

Selangor launches SELangkah, an automated contact tracing initiative

By Ida Nadirah Ibrahim

SHAH ALAM, May 4 — The Selangor government has today announced the SELangkah initiative, which is a contact tracing programme to track the movement of people entering and exiting government and business premises in the state.

Selangor Menteri Besar Dato’ Seri Amirudin Shari said the move is to ease the registration process of an individual visiting a premise through an automated system using QR codes.

“The initiative has three objectives, which is to protect business premises, safeguard the customers, and to help the frontliners.

“SELangkah modifies the common manual registration process, and it will be used as a measure to control the Covid-19 outbreak. The initiative will be automated, which would speed up the process and efficiency of the registration of visitors in public and business premises,” he said in a statement today.

Through the initiative, Amirudin said each individual premise is required to produce its own QR code through the selangkah.mbiselangor.com.my website or selangkah.my, which he said will be accessible beginning May 5.

He said many premises have registered themselves but for those who have yet to register can do so by self-registering on the websites.

With the QR code displayed at the premises, the visitors would be required to scan the code using their mobile phones. This can be done either upon entering the premise or when making a payment over the counter.

Amirudin said the state government, together with local authorities, will manage the login information and it will be activated by public health officials if a Covid-19 case has been detected at a location.

The information that will be obtained from the visitors is the date and time of visit as well as phone number.

“We would be able to quickly and easily track and contact the people that have visited the particular premise.

“We hope that SELangkah will form a new normal for economic activities under the modified conditional movement control order (MCMCO), as what is being practised in other countries that are adopting best practices, such as South Korea,” he said.

Amirudin stressed that the Covid-19 infection can only be contained if all parties play their role.

“Health is everyone’s business,” he added.

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