Deputy Minister Reveals Plans For MySejahtera ‘Super App’ For 32 Million People

Lukanisman Awang Sauni says government has made payment to MySJ Sdn Bhd for MySejahtera, based on an RM196 million ceiling price, for services until March 31, 2023, with further cost implications after that, as MOH wants MySejahtera to be a “super app”.

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 27 — The Ministry of Health (MOH) plans to turn MySejahtera into a “super app” to contain the health data of 32 million people, or the entire Malaysian population.

Deputy Health Minister Lukanisman Awang Sauni also revealed in Parliament today that the government has already made payment to MySJ Sdn Bhd, a private company, for the contentious mobile application, based on a ceiling price of RM160 million set by the Ministry of Finance (MOF) that has been negotiated.

This RM160 million figure cited by Lukanisman today contradicts the RM196 million price ceiling – as disclosed by the Public Accounts Committee in the 14th Parliament – that was authorised by the Cabinet in November 2021 to pay MySJ for two years of operations of MySejahtera from April 1, 2021 to March 31, 2023.

Lukanisman later said in a tweet that he had “misread” the number in Parliament and that the correct figure was RM196 million.

“The Ministry [of Health] has negotiated with MySJ Sdn Bhd and the results of the negotiations will be presented to the Cabinet as soon as possible on the direction of the MySejahtera application,” Lukanisman told Bandar Kuching MP Dr Kelvin Yii during Question Time in the Dewan Rakyat today.

“The government plans to transform this application into a ‘Digital Public Health Super App’, where we aim to turn this app into a data highway at our fingertips and all health-related information, amounting to 32 million data, that will be used to look at the direction of health from the perspective of getting budgets and providing the best service for public convenience.

“In addition, MySejahtera will have cost implications; we will determine these costs after the contract ends on March 31, 2023 that is coming up.”

Last February 21, Health Minister Dr Zaliha Mustafa, in a written parliamentary reply to Taiping MP Wong Kah Woh, said that the MOH has finalised the direct procurement of the MySejahtera application and made payment to the private company operating the mobile application with a “special approval letter” from the MOF last September. 

Editor’s note: This article was updated with a fourth paragraph on Lukanisman’s clarification about the ceiling price for MySejahtera services until March 31, 2023.

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