KUALA LUMPUR (Dec 1): The government should not be paying for the use of the MySejahtera app as it was developed as a corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiative, said the Public Accounts Committee (PAC).
The parliamentary committee, in a report released on Wednesday (Dec 1), said the CSR concept had been used as a mechanism to bag government projects.
According to the report, KPISoft Malaysia Sdn Bhd was appointed to develop the MySejahtera app by the National Cyber Security Agency (NACSA) under the Prime Minister’s Department, and not by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation or the Covid-19 Immunisation Task Force.
“The PAC is of the view that the CSR concept has been used as a mechanism to secure government projects without undergoing the procurement due process,” the committee said in its Report on the Procurement and Utilisation of Covid-19 Vaccines by Malaysians.
“The government should not be making any payment for the MySejahtera app as the usage is CSR in nature.
“The government must take over operations of the MySejahtera app without incurring any additional costs as it is part of the national healthcare system,” said the PAC.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob in September said Putrajaya would start paying KPISoft for the current period from April 1 this year after the expiry of the one-year CSR initiative on March 31.
The PAC report also showed that the government through NACSA had spent RM10.4 million for the usage of Google Maps API in the app.
Overall, the PAC said the management of vaccine procurement is conducted in a manner that follows the financial procedures permitted by the Ministry of Finance.
It also expressed satisfaction with inter-ministry coordination within the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme, although it pointed out that delays in bookings by the government and deliveries by producers had affected the pace of the vaccination roll-out.