KUALA LUMPUR, April 23 – The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of Parliament today urged the government not to formalize its MySejahtera contract with MySJ Sdn Bhd before the PAC tables its Covid-19 app report in the Dewan Rakyat in July.
PAC Chairman Wong Kah Woh said the PAC will present the findings of its investigation into the sourcing and development of MySejahtera during the first week of Dewan Rakyat’s next meeting which is scheduled to begin on July 18.
The PAC also urged the President to allow MPs to debate his report in the Dewan Rakyat for at least a day.
“Therefore, the PAC also suggests that the government take into account the views of the PAC report to be tabled and the debate of MPs before taking any decision which involves financial implications in the matter of developing the MySejahtera app,” Wong said in a statement today.
He said the PAC heard testimony last Thursday from three agencies under the Prime Minister’s Department (JPM) as part of its debates at MySejahtera: the Malaysian Administrative Modernization and Management Planning Unit (MAMPU), the National Security Council (MKN) and the National Cyber Security. Agency (NASCA).
JPM was represented by Deputy Secretary General (Finance and Development) Sollehuddin Alyubi Zakaria and Deputy Secretary General (Management) Mohamad Ismail. MAMPU was represented by Managing Director Yusoff Ismail, MKN by Managing Director Rodzi Md Saad and NACSA by Managing Director Rahamzan Hashim.
Last Thursday took place the second proceeding in the MySejahtera investigation after the April 14 hearing involving the testimony of Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin and Finance Minister Tengku Zafrul Aziz.
Wong said the PAC proceeding with JPM, MAMPU, MKN and NACSA discussed who was involved in appointing KPISoft Malaysia Sdn Bhd to develop the MySejahtera app in April 2020; how the private company’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiative for MySejahtera worked; the lack of a formal contract between the government and the app developer; and ownership of the MySejahtera application, in particular the owner of its intellectual property (IP) and the position of KPISoft and/or MySJ towards ownership of the IP, as set forth in court documents and related documents.
“The PAC will review all evidence, documents and minutes of meetings obtained and decide whether to call further witnesses,” the Ipoh MP Timur said.
Last Thursday, after the PAC hearing, Wong told reporters that the government was “confused” about who appointed KPISoft (now Entomo Malaysia Sdn Bhd) to develop the MySejahtera app.
He confirmed that no contract had ever been signed between the government and the developer of the app in the past two years, nor was there a letter of appointment for KPISoft, at the exception of a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) signed between MKN and the company on “data”.
PAC’s request to the government to suspend the official appointment of MySJ, which is directly awarded a contract for MySejahtera, is likely to prolong controversy surrounding data privacy and ownership of the Covid contact tracing and management app -19 which has at least 38 million users.
Khairy told a press conference on April 14 that the Ministry of Health (MOH) is in the final stages of negotiations with MySJ on MySejahtera.
He also confirmed to reporters yesterday that MySJ can access the MySejahtera database to resolve user issues – but only under the supervision of the Ministry of Health – even though the government has yet to sign a contract with the company. private which is an entirely different legal entity from the app developer, Entomo Malaysia.