The appointment of MySejahtera application developers is irregular, the ceiling price is RM196 million high – PAC
KUALA LUMPUR: The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) recommends that the government ensure full ownership of the MySejahtera application to ensure the security of users’ personal data in the application and that the data is not misused by any party.
PAC chairman Wong Kah Woh in a statement today said the government also needs to review the propriety of awarding the contract to the application through direct negotiations made through the Cabinet of Ministers’ decision on 27 Nov 2021, and the government should take over the entire application through the Malaysian Administration Modernization and Management Planning Unit (AFFORDABLE).
He said the government also needs to take a more prudent approach in all procurement processes.
“All offers through CSR (corporate social responsibility) are welcome, however the terms regarding CSR offers must be clearly stated and cannot be used as an alternative way for direct negotiations. Guidelines must be established for the governance of CSR offers,” he said. .
PAC presented the MySejahtera Application Development and Procurement Report under the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Finance and the Prime Minister’s Department in Parliament, today.
In addition, Wong said the government needs to continue efforts to make MySejahtera a national public health management tool in line with the digitalization plan for health services.
He said PAC had held two proceedings regarding the issue on 14 and 21 April last by calling eight witnesses including Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin and Finance Minister Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Tengku Abdul Aziz.
The result of the proceedings found that the appointment of KPISoft (Entomo) as the MySejahtera application developer in March 2020 was irregular and not based on government procurement procedures or procedures.
Wong said there were no minutes or supporting documents regarding the appointment, with the only document being a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) signed between the National Security Council (MKN) (on behalf of the government) and KPISoft.
“The CSR concept proposed by KPISoft (Entomo) has caused the government to be unclear about the true direction of the acquisition of the MySejahtera application. The government is confused in terms of the appointment of KPISoft, the CSR concept and its duration as well as the ownership of the MySejahtera application,” he said.
Wong said the concept of CSR has been used as a mechanism to obtain government projects without going through the proper procurement procedures and there is no document stating that the CSR is for a period of one year.
In addition, he said MOF has set a ceiling price of RM196 million for MySejahtera’s procurement for a period of two years (RM98 million per year) with that amount being high and contradicting the concept of CSR.
According to him as of last April, it was found that the government has not yet registered the intellectual property (IP) for the MySejahtera application at the Malaysian Intellectual Property Corporation (MyIPO) which could cause the application to be claimed for ownership by the application developer.
However, he said the government’s decision to reject the application developer company’s proposal for the application to be commercialized was appropriate in order to ensure the safety of application users’ personal data is protected.
The public who are interested in reading and examining the Parliamentary PAC Report related to the application can download the report on the PAC website at www.parlimen.gov.my/pac.
source – BERNAMA