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Get 50% Off PDRM Fines Using MyBayar Saman!

PDRM just launched the MyBayar Saman portal and mobile app, offering 50% off selected traffic fines from now until 11 April 2021!

Find out more about MyBayar Saman, and how to get 50% off your PDRM traffic fines!

 

PDRM Launches MyBayar Saman Portal + Mobile App!

On 25 March 2021, the Inspector-general of Police Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador launched the MyBayar Saman portal and mobile app at the PDRM Bukit Aman headquarters.

The PDRM launched MyBayar Saman as an alternative payment option, instead of paying over-the-counter, or using private collecting agents like MyEG.

This would also save the public money as MyBayar Saman is FREE, and does not collect service charges. They can also pay their fines at their convenience, without wasting time queuing to pay.

 

Get 50% Off PDRM Fines Using MyBayar Saman!

PDRM is offering early birds a 50% discount on selected traffic fines on MyBayar Saman, from now until 11 April 2021.

Major traffic offences will NOT receive this 50% discount, and they include :

  • jumping red lights
  • speeding
  • crossing double lines
  • using a mobile phone while driving
  • driving in the emergency lane

 

MyBayar Saman : Frequently Asked Questions

Here is the official MyBayar Saman FAQ.

A. MyBayar Saman FAQ

  1. Who is allowed to register and use the MyBayar portal?
    Individual: Malaysian Citizen and Malaysian Permanent Resident (PTM) aged 18 years and above.
  2. What are the requirements for registering and using the MyBayar portal?
    Individual that are eligible must have a records or transaction within the MyBayar System.
  3. How can new users register on the MyBayar portal?
    New users can access the register button and will be direct to the user registration page to fill out all the required details in the form.
  4. What is the purpose of the user’s identity card number when registering on the MyBayar portal?
    The use of identity card numbers is an initiative towards conducting business online with the guarantee of identity verification and security of user data.
  5. What action should be taken by users who have forgotten the password of the MyBayar portal account?
    Users need to reset the password by accessing the “forgot password?” Button.
  6. After making a payment on the MyBayar portal, how long does it take for the system to update user records?
    The summons record is updated as soon as the user makes the payment.
  7. What if the payment made through the MyBayar portal is not successful?
    If the payment is made on the MyBayar portal is not successful, users need to make a complaint by email to mybayarsaman@rmp.gov.my.
  8. What are the advantages of using the MyBayar portal service other than the payment channel for PDRM summons?
    Users who register and make payments on the MyBayar portal will not be charged any additional fees other than traffic offense summons.
  9. How to ensure a secure online experience when users access to the MyBayar portal?
    Do not share your account password and make sure to log out your MyBayar account after completing make transactions before visiting other websites.
  10. How do I know that my transactions have been successful?
    Once your payment is successful, you can view previous payments in payment history. You can generate and print receipt.

B. General FAQ

  1. What should I do if the traffic offense summons record with the same vehicle registration number but not my vehicle?
    The offender has to go to the traffic branch that issued the summons and subsequently lodge a complaint in the traffic section for denial. Offender need to provide information on the type of vehicle that uses the same registration number. Once the complaint is resolved, offender are advised to check any traffic branch or MyBayar portal whether the summons has been dismissed or not.
  2. What is the effect of leaving the outstanding summons?
    The effect of leaving outstanding summons can result in offenders being blacklisted and issued an arrest warrant thus resulting in users not being allowed to renew road tax and driving licenses. Users will only be removed from the list after clearing all outstanding summonses.

C. FPX FAQ

  1. Can I pay using FPX?
    Yes. You can use FPX as long as you have an active internet banking account with any of the FPX participating banks. No registration is required with FPX.
  2. What is the minimum and maximum transaction limit for FPX?
    For retail/personal banking account, the minimum limit per transaction is RM1.00 and maximum amount is limited up to RM30,000 per transaction.
    *The above limit is subject to your internet banking withdrawal limit with your bank, whichever is lower.
  3. I have made a payment using FPX, how can I know that my payment is successful?
    There are 3 methods in which you will be able to know that your FPX transaction is successful:
    • Online receipt provided by FPX.
    • Email notification sent by FPX system (provided that you have entered your email address during MyBayar
    • Saman user registration).
    • Online receipt provided by your bank.
  4. While making payment using FPX, I have received an error / unsuccessful transaction message. However, the money has been deducted from my bank account. What should I do?
    In the event that your account has been deducted but the transaction was unsuccessful for some reasons, your money will be credited back into your account by your bank. You are advised to contact your bank for the reversal status by providing the FPX Transaction ID or Merchant Order No. as a reference. You may also provide the screen shot of your payment on your mobile phone that displays the FPX Transaction ID or Merchant Order No. as a proof to facilitate the bank.
  5. PDRM claims it has not received my summon compound payment although the FPX Transaction status is successful. What should I do?
    FPX transaction status is final and the bank is obligated to update your payment in a timely manner. In this case, you should contact PDRM via mybayarsaman@rmp.gov.my e-mail to verify the status of your summon compound payment. You can provide the necessary details such as the online receipt issued by FPX/PDRM or the email notification received from FPX that contain the following details:
    • FPX Transaction ID.
    • Merchant Order No.
    • Payment amount.
    • Date and time of the payment.
  6. Can I cancel a successful FPX transaction?
    No. It is not possible to cancel a successful FPX transaction via MyBayar Saman system. However, you may request PDRM for such cancelation, subject to PDRM policy.
  7. How do I get confirmation of my compound payment with FPX?
    For the purpose of verification and further clarification of inquiries related to FPX, please contact your bank that has completed the payment of your summons compound.
  8. Is my transaction via FPX really secure?
    FPX uses high standards of authentication and certification to ensure all transactions are secure.
  9. What is availability of FPX services?
    Currently FPX service is available 24 hours daily at most of the FPX participating banks.
    *Depending on the participating banks’ internet banking service availability.
  10. Is FPX service meant for individual payment only?
    No. FPX service can support both payments by individual and corporation depending on the model subscribed by your merchant. Payment made by individual is known as Business to Consumer (B2C) model, while payment made by corporation is known as Business to Business (B2B) model.
  11. If I have a problem related to summon compound payment with PDRM, who can i contact?
    You can send your inquiry to email address mybayarsaman@rmp.gov.my, local call center 603-22663346/47 and by mail addressed to Cawangan Pengurusan Saman, Jabatan Siasatan dan Penguatkuasaan Trafik, Ibu Pejabat Polis Diraja Malaysia, Bukit Aman, 50560, Kuala Lumpur.
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D. Card FAQ

  1. Can I pay for the summons online using card?
    Yes, you can make payment for the summons online using a valid debit card, credit card and prepaid card.
  2. How do I ensure that the payment transaction was successful?
    There are 3 (three) methods to check if the payment transaction was successful:
    • Transaction notification from your card issuing bank sent via short message service (SMS), email or mobile application push notification.
    • Payment receipt (online) from MyBayar Saman portal / mobile application.
    • Transaction authorisation/approval code from the card payment portal.
  3. Do I need to inform PDRM or the bank after I have successfully made payment via the MyBayar Saman portal/application?
    You do not need to contact PDRM or the bank as the payment information will be updated automatically.
  4. What types of cards are accepted for payment through MyBayar Saman portal/application?
    You can make payment with a Mastercard or Visa debit card, credit card or prepaid card.
  5. What should I do if the transaction was unsuccessful but my account balance was deducted or my credit card has been charged?
    You are advised to contact your card issuing bank to check on the payment status and inform the bank for their further action.
  6. Why am I still unable to make payment despite having tried several times?
    You are advised to contact your card issuing bank to check the status of your card/account. Common reasons for declined transactions are:
    • Insufficient balance in the savings/current account linked to the debit card or insufficient usage limit on your credit card account.
    • Your payment amount exceeds the daily spending limit set on your card.
    • The ‘card not present’ (cardless) usage function for the card has not been activated.
  7. What should I do if PDRM informs me of unpaid/unsettled summons even though the transaction status was successful?
    You may contact PDRM via email mybayarsaman@rmp.gov to confirm the summons payment by providing the required information such as the receipt issued via the MyBayar Saman portal/application.
  8. Can I request to cancel a successful debit card or credit card transaction?
    Any cancellation application must be directed to PDRM; please refer to the terms and conditions of the MyBayar Saman portal/application.
  9. Is it safe to enter my debit card or credit card information on MyBayar Saman portal/application?
    Your card information is safe as MyBayar Saman portal/application is 3-D Secure (3-domain secure) and every transaction performed requires transaction authentication by entering the “One Time Password” (“OTP”) sent to a mobile phone number or mobile application that you had registered with your card issuing bank.
  10. Who should I contact if I have a problem with a PDRM summons payment?
    For any enquiries, please email to mybayarsaman@rmp.gov.my, call the ‘Pusat Panggilan Setempat (Call Centre)’ at 603-22663346/47 or via letter to ‘Pusat Panggilan Setempat, Cawangan Pengurusan Saman, Jabatan Siasatan dan Penguatkuasaan Trafik, Ibu Pejabat Polis Diraja Malaysia, Bukit Aman 50560 Kuala Lumpur’.
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How To Register Your Maid For COVID-19 Vaccine!

You can now register your maid / domestic helper for the free COVID-19 vaccine programme in Malaysia!

Find out how to register your maid / domestic helper for the free COVID-19 vaccine on MySejahtera!

 

You Can Now Register Your Maid For FREE COVID-19 Vaccine!

On 11 February 2021, the Malaysian government announced that the COVID-19 vaccine will be offered for FREE to all foreign residents in Malaysia.

This includes maids, domestic helpers, blue collar and white collar workers and even their spouses.

On 24 March 2021, the Malaysia Science, Technology and Innovation Minister, Khairy Jamaluddin, confirmed that you can start registering your maid as a dependent in MySejahtera :

 

How To Register Your Maid For COVID-19 Vaccine!

Your maid is considered as a dependent, for the purpose of registering for the COVID-19 vaccine.

Here is our video guide on how to register for COVID-19 vaccination for your dependents using MySejahtera.

It’s the same process, whether you are using an Apple iPhone, or an Android smartphone.

Don’t worry about making mistakes. You can redo the registration, to correct for mistakes.

For those who prefer pictures and text, here is our step-by-step pictorial guide :

  1. Make sure you update to MySejahtera 1.0.30 or later before you proceed.
  2. Open MySejahtera.
  3. Tap on the Close button on the upper right corner of the default Check-in screen.
  4. You should see the MySejahtera main screen, and it should show you a new COVID-19 Vaccination option.

  1. Tap on the COVID-19 Vaccination option and it will show you this information display.
  2. Tap on the second option – Add Vaccine Dependent.

  1. You will be shown a screen with your registered dependents.
  2. If you did not add any dependents yet, you can do so by tapping on the Add Vaccination Dependent option at the bottom.
    Otherwise, skip to Step 12.

  1. Key in your maid’s details – Full name, Relationship with you, NRIC / Passport number, Age, Gender, Current Address and Post Code, and State.
  2. Check the details and tap Save when you are done.

  1. Your newly-added dependent will now appear in the list of dependents.

  1. Tap on the Add as vaccine dependent option of the dependent you wish to register.
  2. You will be asked to confirm that you have the authority to manage the vaccination process for your maid.
    You are also asked to note that once this maid is registered to your MySejahtera account, she cannot be registered for the COVID-19 vaccine programme with a different MySejahtera account.
  3. Tap on Yes, Proceed to proceed with the registration.

  1. You will be asked to verify your maid’s name and Passport number; as well as confirm that she is over 18 years old.
    Technically, it should state 18 years old and older, because the COVID-19 vaccine programme is open to those who are 18 years of age too.
  2. If you notice any mistake, tap Edit to change the name and IC / Passport number.
  3. Otherwise, tap the I confirm that my dependent is over 18 years old check box, and tap Submit.

  1. You will be asked to answer four simple questions, to determine whether she should be classed under Phase 2 or Phase 3 of the COVID-19 Vaccination Program, as well as your location.
  2. The address search option may not work. If that happens, tap on the Location finder to let MySejahtera use your GPS location.

  1. Please BE HONEST in this assessment. It will, after all, be verified by the Ministry of Health.When it comes to Question no. 2 – Do you have any comorbities? – that refers to any medical condition you have that may put you at greater risk of dying from COVID-19.For your reference, this includes :
    • Diabetes mellitus
    • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
    • Heart disease
    • Asthma
    • Cancer
    • Chronic lung disease
    • Kidney disease
    • Liver disease
    • Stroke
    • Low Immunity (Immunocompromised)
    • Obesity
    • Others

  1. Once you are done, tap Submit, and your dependent will have a green checkmark next to it.
  2. If you made any mistake, you can tap on Remove vaccine dependent, and begin the process all over again, from Step 12.

Then all you have to do is wait for the Malaysia Ministry of Health to contact you when it is your maid’s turn to be vaccinated against COVID-19!

 

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How To Register For COVID-19 Vaccination On MySejahtera!

You can now register for COVID-19 vaccination on MySejahtera, and here is our guide on how to do just that!

Updated @ 2021-03-22 : Added a new video, and instructions on registering your dependents. Updated various parts of the article.

Updated @ 2021-03-03 : Added instructions on how to confirm that your registration was successful.
Updated @ 2021-02-25 : Updated the video and guide with registration confirmation screen.
Updated @ 2021-02-24 : Added a video guide, as well as more details
Originally posted @ 2021-02-23

 

Option To Register For COVID-19 Vaccination Now On MySejahtera!

On 22 February 2021, the Malaysia Ministry of Health released MySejahtera 1.0.28 for iOS and Android devices, which adds the option to register for COVID-19 vaccination.

The COVID-19 Vaccine has arrived in Malaysia! With the new vaccination module, verify your name and IC and submit the additional details to complete your registration in the app.

Be sure to enable your app’s push notification to receive the latest updates regarding the vaccination rollout, which will commence in phases:

– PHASE 1 (February – April 2021): Frontliners
– PHASE 2 (April – August 2021): Remaining healthcare workers and high risk group
– PHASE 3 (May 2021 – February 2022): Adult population >18 years

MySejahtera 1.0.29 was released on 24 February 2021, with bug fixes.

MySejahtera 1.0.30 was released on 19 March 2021, introducing the ability to register your dependents as well.

 

How To Register For COVID-19 Vaccination On MySejahtera!

Here is our video guide on how to register yourself and/or your family for COVID-19 vaccination using the MySejahtera app.

It’s the same process, whether you are using an Apple iPhone, or an Android smartphone.

Don’t worry about making mistakes. You can redo the registration, to correct for mistakes.

For those who prefer pictures and text, here is our step-by-step pictorial guides.

Registering Yourself For COVID-19 Vaccination

  1. Make sure you update to MySejahtera 1.0.28 or later before you proceed.
  2. Open MySejahtera.
  3. Tap on the Close button on the upper right corner of the default Check-in screen.
  4. You should see the MySejahtera main screen, and it should show you a new COVID-19 Vaccination option.

  1. Tap on the COVID-19 Vaccination option and it will show you this information display.
  2. Tap on the first option – Vaccine for [your name here] – to start with the registration process.

  1. You will be asked to verify your name and IC (MyKad) or passport number, as well as your MySJ ID (your telephone number). Click Submit if they are correct, or Edit if they are wrong.

  1. After verifying your details, you will be informed that the COVID-19 Vaccination Program is currently in Phase 1 – for frontliners only.
  2. You can register for Phase 2 and Phase 3 of the COVID-19 Vaccination Program on MySejahtera by tapping on the blue CLICK HERE link.

  1. You will be asked to answer three simple questions, to determine whether you should be classed under Phase 2 or Phase 3 of the COVID-19 Vaccination Program, as well as your location.
  2. The address search option may not work. If that happens, tap on the Location finder (circled in red) to let MySejahtera use your GPS location.

Please BE HONEST in this assessment. It will, after all, be verified by the Ministry of Health.

When it comes to Question no. 2 – Do you have any comorbities? – that refers to any medical condition you have that may put you at greater risk of dying from COVID-19.

For your reference, this includes :

  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Heart disease
  • Asthma
  • Cancer
  • Chronic lung disease
  • Kidney disease
  • Liver disease
  • Stroke
  • Low Immunity (Immunocompromised)
  • Obesity
  • Others

  1. Once you are satisfied with your answers, hit Submit and you are done!You should see this screen pop-up (for version 1.0.29 onwards).

Then all you have to do is wait for the Malaysia Ministry of Health to contact you when it is your turn to be vaccinated against COVID-19!

Registering Your Family For COVID-19 Vaccination

  1. Make sure you update to MySejahtera 1.0.30 or later before you proceed.
  2. Open MySejahtera.
  3. Tap on the Close button on the upper right corner of the default Check-in screen.
  4. You should see the MySejahtera main screen, and it should show you a new COVID-19 Vaccination option.

  1. Tap on the COVID-19 Vaccination option and it will show you this information display.
  2. Tap on the second option – Add Vaccine Dependent.

  1. You will be shown a screen with your registered dependents.
  2. If you did not add any dependents yet, you can do so by tapping on the Add Vaccination Dependent option at the bottom.
    Otherwise, skip to Step 12.

  1. Key in your dependent’s details – Full name, Relationship with you, NRIC / Passport number, Age, Gender, Current Address and Post Code, and State.
  2. Check the details and tap Save when you are done.

  1. Your newly-added dependent will now appear in the list of dependents.

  1. Tap on the Add as vaccine dependent option of the dependent you wish to register.
  2. You will be asked to confirm that you have the authority to manage the vaccination process for your dependent.
    You are also asked to note that once this dependent is registered to your MySejahtera account, he/she cannot be registered for the COVID-19 vaccine programme with a different MySejahtera account.
  3. Tap on Yes, Proceed to proceed with the registration.

  1. You will be asked to verify your dependent’s name and MyKad / Passport number; as well as confirm that he/she is over 18 years old.
    Technically, it should state 18 years old and older, because the COVID-19 vaccine programme is open to those who are 18 years of age too.
  2. If you notice any mistake, tap Edit to change the name and IC / Passport number.
  3. Otherwise, tap the I confirm that my dependent is over 18 years old check box, and tap Submit.

  1. You will be asked to answer four simple questions, to determine whether you should be classed under Phase 2 or Phase 3 of the COVID-19 Vaccination Program, as well as your location.
  2. The address search option may not work. If that happens, tap on the Location finder to let MySejahtera use your GPS location.

  1. Please BE HONEST in this assessment. It will, after all, be verified by the Ministry of Health.When it comes to Question no. 2 – Do you have any comorbities? – that refers to any medical condition you have that may put you at greater risk of dying from COVID-19.For your reference, this includes :
    • Diabetes mellitus
    • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
    • Heart disease
    • Asthma
    • Cancer
    • Chronic lung disease
    • Kidney disease
    • Liver disease
    • Stroke
    • Low Immunity (Immunocompromised)
    • Obesity
    • Others

  1. Once you are done, tap Submit, and your dependent will have a green checkmark next to it.
  2. If you made any mistake, you can tap on Remove vaccine dependent, and begin the process all over again, from Step 12.

Then all you have to do is wait for the Malaysia Ministry of Health to contact you when it is your dependent’s turn to be vaccinated against COVID-19!

 

Confirm Your COVID-19 Vaccination Registration

Don’t leave just yet. Make sure your registration was completed properly using these steps :

  1. Go back to the MySejahtera main screen, and tap on the COVID-19 Vaccination option again.

  1. In this screen, tap on the first option – Vaccine for [your name here] again.

  1. If you see this screen, then you have successfully registered for the COVID-19 vaccination program.

 

No Need To Register Again For COVID-19 Vaccination

On 3 March 2021, National Immunisation Programme Coordinating Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said that “there is no need to resubmit” the application.

He clarified this on 4 March 2021, stating that MySejahtera is currently updating its vaccination registration record.

So there is NO NEED to register for vaccination again, even if you do not see the vaccination status page above.

As long as you submitted your registration and saw this THANK YOU pop-up, you have successfully registered for the COVID-19 vaccination programme.

 

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MySejahtera : How To Register Dependents For Vaccine!

MySejahtera now has a COVID-19 vaccine registration option for dependents, so you can sign up family members who do not have a smartphone!

Find out how to register your dependents for their FREE vaccine against COVID-19, using MySejahtera!

 

MySejahtera Adds Vaccine Registration For Dependents!

On 19 March 2021, the Malaysia Ministry of Health released MySejahtera 1.0.30 for iOS and Android devices, which adds COVID-19 vaccine registration option for dependents.

You can now register your dependents through the MySejahtera Vaccination Module!

Complete your own registration, and register your dependents who do not have their own smartphones into your app.

*Note: A dependent can only be tied to one MySejahtera account for vaccination registration purposes

However, please note that you can only register dependents who are 18 years or older for the COVID-19 vaccine programme.

Currently, vaccination is not being offered to those who are younger than 18 years of age.

 

MySejahtera : How To Register Dependents For Vaccine!

Here is our video guide on how to register for COVID-19 vaccination for your dependents using MySejahtera.

It’s the same process, whether you are using an Apple iPhone, or an Android smartphone.

Don’t worry about making mistakes. You can redo the registration, to correct for mistakes.

For those who prefer pictures and text, here is our step-by-step pictorial guide :

  1. Make sure you update to MySejahtera 1.0.30 or later before you proceed.
  2. Open MySejahtera.
  3. Tap on the Close button on the upper right corner of the default Check-in screen.
  4. You should see the MySejahtera main screen, and it should show you a new COVID-19 Vaccination option.

  1. Tap on the COVID-19 Vaccination option and it will show you this information display.
  2. Tap on the second option – Add Vaccine Dependent.

  1. You will be shown a screen with your registered dependents.
  2. If you did not add any dependents yet, you can do so by tapping on the Add Vaccination Dependent option at the bottom.
    Otherwise, skip to Step 12.

  1. Key in your dependent’s details – Full name, Relationship with you, NRIC / Passport number, Age, Gender, Current Address and Post Code, and State.
  2. Check the details and tap Save when you are done.

  1. Your newly-added dependent will now appear in the list of dependents.

  1. Tap on the Add as vaccine dependent option of the dependent you wish to register.
  2. You will be asked to confirm that you have the authority to manage the vaccination process for your dependent.
    You are also asked to note that once this dependent is registered to your MySejahtera account, he/she cannot be registered for the COVID-19 vaccine programme with a different MySejahtera account.
  3. Tap on Yes, Proceed to proceed with the registration.

  1. You will be asked to verify your dependent’s name and MyKad / Passport number; as well as confirm that he/she is over 18 years old.
    Technically, it should state 18 years old and older, because the COVID-19 vaccine programme is open to those who are 18 years of age too.
  2. If you notice any mistake, tap Edit to change the name and IC / Passport number.
  3. Otherwise, tap the I confirm that my dependent is over 18 years old check box, and tap Submit.

  1. You will be asked to answer four simple questions, to determine whether you should be classed under Phase 2 or Phase 3 of the COVID-19 Vaccination Program, as well as your location.
  2. The address search option may not work. If that happens, tap on the Location finder to let MySejahtera use your GPS location.

  1. Please BE HONEST in this assessment. It will, after all, be verified by the Ministry of Health.When it comes to Question no. 2 – Do you have any comorbities? – that refers to any medical condition you have that may put you at greater risk of dying from COVID-19.For your reference, this includes :
    • Diabetes mellitus
    • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
    • Heart disease
    • Asthma
    • Cancer
    • Chronic lung disease
    • Kidney disease
    • Liver disease
    • Stroke
    • Low Immunity (Immunocompromised)
    • Obesity
    • Others

  1. Once you are done, tap Submit, and your dependent will have a green checkmark next to it.
  2. If you made any mistake, you can tap on Remove vaccine dependent, and begin the process all over again, from Step 12.

Then all you have to do is wait for the Malaysia Ministry of Health to contact you when it is your dependent’s turn to be vaccinated against COVID-19!

 

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MySejahtera : RM10K ~ RM50K Fine Can Be Appealed!

MySejahtera logging is MANDATORY, and the fine just increased to RM 10,000 for individuals and RM 50,000 for companies!

However, the government allows you to appeal for a lower fine, so make sure you do that!

Updated @ 2021-03-13 : Added RM50K fine for companies, and other updates.

Updated @ 2021-03-12 : Added details of increased RM10K fine for individuals.

Originally posted @ 2021-02-10

 

MySejahtera : Mandatory, Fine Now RM10K ~ RM50K!

MySejahtera logging has been mandatory since 10 February 2021, but most people still seem unaware of this.

You can still get fined if you registered with an alternate app like Selangkah, but not MySejahtera.

On 3 March 2021, the non-compliance fine was increased, from 11 March 2021 onwards to :

The massively increased fines will definitely be a problem for many people who don’t even earn that much in 4 months!

Look at this picture of a compound that a netizen received on the very first day the fine was increased!

Apparently, this person was fined for not registering with MySejahtera, even though he registered with a different app or the manual log book.

 

MySejahtera Fine Can Be Appealed

Malaysia Senior Minister of Defence Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob stated that the maximum fine of RM10,000 for individuals is only for “repeat and serious offenders”.

According to the Inspector General of Police Abdul Hamid Bador, the police officers do not have the power to reduce the fine. It is merely their duty to issue the compound.

However, those who receive the compound can appeal for a reduction in the fine at the nearest District Health Office.

So if you are caught not scanning the QR code using your MySejahtera app :

  • DO NOT ARGUE with the police officer.
  • Accept the compound from the police officer.
  • Head to the nearest District Health Office to appeal the fine.

Potential mitigating factors could include your economic status, a first-time offence, not owning a smartphone, poor or no Internet connectivity in that area.

DAP Selangor is also offering legal assistance, so you can give them a try too, if your appeal fails.

Recommended : Malaysia Announces COVID-19 Fines Of RM10K ~ RM100K!

 

MySejahtera : Mandatory Since Feb 2021, Fine Originally RM1K

COVID-19 contact tracing requires timely and accurate logging of everyone’s movements, which has been accomplished by many apps and manual logbooks in Malaysia.

However, to streamline and speed up the contact tracing process, the Malaysia National Security Council (MKN) announced on 9 February 2021 that MySejahtera logging is now mandatory.

From Wednesday, 10 February 2021 onwards, everyone in Malaysia must log their movements in public areas using the MySejahtera app.

You can use other contact tracing apps as well, but only in addition to MySejahtera, which again is MANDATORY.

The use of manual logbooks is no longer allowed, except in rural areas where Internet connectivity is poor or not available.

However, the government did not detail how people who do not own a smartphone are supposed to log their visits.

The fine was originally set at RM 1,000 per person, per offence for those who failed to log their movements using MySejahtera.

The original RM 1,000 fine for not logging your movement in public places is not new. Malaysian netizens have shared videos and photos of enforcement checks for months now.

 

MySejahtera : What Is It?

MySejahtera is a mobile app developed by the Malaysian government. It serves as a contact tracing tool, as well as a way to disseminate verified information on COVID-19 in Malaysia.

Its users can log their movements by quickly and simply scanning a QR code at public places. This is a safer option to signing a logbook, because you won’t need to touch the logbook or use a shared pen.

Using MySejahtera also allows the Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) to easier and faster conduct contact tracing.

Please note that EVERY PERSON – including children and domestic helpers – must be registered.

Unfortunately, the government has not stated what people should do, if they do not have a smartphone.

 

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How To Check If MySejahtera Vaccine Registration Successful!

After registering for your COVID-19 vaccine in MySejahtera, please CHECK to make sure the registration was successful!

 

How To Check If MySejahtera Vaccine Registration Successful!

After registering for COVID-19 vaccination in MySejahtera, don’t leave just yet!

Please follow these steps to CHECK if your registration was successful!

  1. Go back to the MySejahtera main screen, and tap on the COVID-19 Vaccination option again.

  1. In this screen, tap on the first option – Vaccine for [your name here] again.

  1. If you see this screen, then you have successfully registered for the COVID-19 vaccination program.

 

Check, But No Need To Register Again For Vaccination

On 3 March 2021, National Immunisation Programme Coordinating Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said that “there is no need to resubmit” the application.

He clarified this on 4 March 2021, stating that MySejahtera is currently updating its vaccination registration record.

So there is NO NEED to register for vaccination again, even if you do not see the vaccination status page above.

As long as you submitted your registration and saw this THANK YOU pop-up, you have successfully registered for the COVID-19 vaccination programme.

 

Earlier Reasons To Check + Confirm Your Registration

On 3 March 2021, MySejahtera started displaying a vaccination status page, but it only appeared for some people.

For everyone else, clicking on the Vaccine for [Your Name] link just leads them back to the registration process, instead of the status page.

They would have to go through the entire vaccination registration process again, before the status page would appear.

After they re-register for vaccination on MySejahtera, the Vaccine for [Your Name] link will then correctly show the vaccination status page.

Without accessing this status page, how will people find out when their first and second dose appointments will be?

There was also concern when users noticed that MySejahtera was showing a new registration date, instead of the original registration date.

 

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Fact Check : Fat Bidin Claims On MySejahtera Snooping!

Wan Azlee, who goes by Fat Bidin, claims that MySejahtera is mining private information from our phones.

Find out what he discovered, and what the FACTS really are!

Updated @ 2020-12-03 : Added MySejahtera version history for more context.

Updated @ 2020-12-01 : Added more information, including how to disable permissions in Android and iOS for the paranoid.

Originally posted @ 2020-11-30

 

Fat Bidin : MySejahtera Is Mining Information From Our Phones!

In Episode 41 of Fat Bidin Knows Everything, Wan Azlee claimed (between mouthfuls of oats) that MySejahtera is mining a wealth of private information from our phones.

His evidence? A report by the Exodus Privacy website, stating that MySejahtera has 6 trackers and 24 permissions.

He went through the 24 permissions and made these concerning observations about MySejahtera :

  • it can take control of your phone and pair it with your Bluetooth devices
  • directly call phone numbers
  • find accounts on your phone
  • read your contacts in your phone
  • read the contents of your SD card
  • modify or delete the contents of your SD card
  • prevent your phone from sleeping
  • modify your contacts

Phwoarrrr…. shocking, isn’t it? Wan Azlee / Fat Bidin then asks the Malaysia Ministry of Health to be transparent and tell us what’s going on.

Well, let’s take a closer look at his claims…

 

Fat Bidin On MySejahtera Is Mining Our Information : A Fact Check

Wan Azlee is very articulate, but Fat Bidin honestly doesn’t quite know everything… and here’s why.

Fact #1 : That MySejahtera Version Was From April 2020

Fat Bidin posted his video on 24 November 2020, and we noticed that he was checking an old version of MySejahtera – version 1.0.10, that was posted way back in April 2020.

For the record, there has been FOURTEEN UPDATES since that version :

  • 1.0.11 : 23 April 2020
  • 1.0.12 : 28 April 2020
  • 1.0.13 : 3 May 2020
  • 1.0.15 : 4 May 2020
  • 1.0.16 : 13 May 2020
  • 1.0.17 : 23 May 2020
  • 1.0.18 : 30 May 2020
  • 1.0.19 : 3 June 2020
  • 1.0.20 : 28 June 2020
  • 1.0.21 : 30 June 2020
  • 1.0.22 : 21 July 2020
  • 1.0.23 : 29 July 2020
  • 1.0.24 : 11 August 2020
  • 1.0.25 : 5 November 2020

The latest version of MySejahtera – version 1.0.25 –  was released on 5 November 2020 – 19 days before Wan Azlee posted his video.

Why on Earth would he focus on a 6 month-old version of the app, when there is a much newer version?

Fact #2 : Exodus Posted Their Latest MySejahtera Report On 20 November 2020

Exodus posted their latest report on the latest version of MySejahtera (version 1.0.25) on 20 November 2020 at 10:47 am (as you can see in this screenshot).

That was 4 days before Wan Azlee posted his video, so why didn’t he use this new report instead?

Fact #3 : MySejahtera Has 1 Tracker + 14 Permissions According To Exodus

According to the November 20 Exodus report, MySejahtera has 1 tracker – Google Firebase Analytics, and 14 permissions, of which the highlighted ones were :

  • ACCESS_COARSE_LOCATION : access approximate location (network-based)
  • ACCESS_FINE_LOCATION : access precise location (GPS and network-based)
  • CALL_PHONE : directly call phone numbers
  • CAMERA : take pictures and videos
  • READ_EXTERNAL_STORAGE : read the contents of your SD card
  • WRITE_EXTERNAL_STORAGE : modify or delete the contents of your SD card

We immediately noticed that several controversial permissions are no longer in it :

  • GET_ACCOUNTS : find accounts on the device
  • READ_CONTACTS : read your contacts
  • WRITE_CONTACTS : modify your contacts

So if you are worried that MySejahtera is reading your contacts or modifying them, just UPDATE it to the latest version 1.0.25!

Fact #4 : Actual Permissions Are Fewer

When we checked MySejahtera 1.0.25 as installed in our phone, we found that it actually asked for and used only 11 permissions, instead of 14 as reported by Exodus.

The report also offered a bit more context about those permissions. For instance, location data is only made available when you are actively using the app.

That’s because the location data is used by MySejahtera for its Hotspot Tracker and Locate Health Screening Facility features.

In your phone, you can tap on them for more information on what they allow the app to do.

Fact #5 : Apps Need To Read, Modify + Delete Their Own Data

The permission to read, modify and delete content on our phone may seem ridiculous, but it is a necessity for most apps.

Unless the apps is merely a container for a website or web service, it needs to store data, and modify or delete it when necessary.

Fact #6 : Access To External / SD Card Is Necessary

Most developers will also ask for the permission to read, modify and delete content to the (micro) SD card, because of Adoptable Storage.

Adoptable Storage is a feature that lets smartphones use external storage (like a microSD card) as if it is part of their internal storage.

When a microSD card is used this way, apps like MySejahtera can be installed on it. Therefore, it would require permission to read, modify and delete its own data on the external storage card.

Fact #7 : Android Restricts Data Snooping

Apps that have access to read / modify / write external storage are allowed to access files from other apps. However, this is limited to only these three media collections :

  • MediaStore.Images
  • MediaStore.Video
  • MediaStore.Audio

MySejahtera, or any other app with similar permissions, cannot read / modify / delete data outside of those three media storage locations.

Fact #8 : MySejahtera Has A Privacy Policy

Like all other Android and iOS apps, MySejahtera has a privacy policy, where it is stated clearly that

MySejahtera is owned and operated by the Government of Malaysia. It is administrated by the Ministry of Health (MOH) and assisted by the National Security Council (NSC) and the Malaysian Administrative Modernisation and Management Planning Unit (MAMPU). The Government assures that the collection of your personal information is align with Personal Data Protection Act 2010 (Act 709).

The app will not record user’s Personal Data except with the permission and voluntarily provided by the user. Information collected are used for monitoring and enforcement purposes by Government authorities in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. This information is not shared with other organizations for other purposes unless specifically stated.

Fact #9 : You Are Protected By PDPA 2010 (Act 709)

We are all protected by the Personal Data Protection Act 2010 (Act 709).

Anyone who is caught sharing our personal data without permission is be liable to a fine not exceeding three hundred thousand ringgit or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years or to both.

Fact #10 : You Can Disable Permissions

You can view and disable any permission that worries you :

Android

  1. Go to Settings > Apps >  MySejahtera > Permissions.
  2. Tap on the permission you don’t want, and select Deny.

Apple iOS

  1. Go to Settings > MySejahtera.
  2. Disable the permissions you don’t want.

But note that doing this will likely break some features in MySejahtera.

Fact #11 : Many Other Apps Are Worse For Your Privacy

When it comes to privacy, we have bigger fishes to fry. Take a look at how many trackers and permissions these four popular apps require.

They make MySejahtera look absolutely privacy-conscious!

 

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Latest MySejahtera SOP For Petrol Stations : To Scan Or Not?

Senior Minister for Security Dato’ Sri Ismail Sabri Yaacob just issued an updated MySejahtera SOP for petrol stations.

Please make sure you understand the new SOP, and share it out with your family and friends!

 

Scan MySejahtera At Petrol Stations, Or Get Fined RM1K?

While CPRC (Crisis Preparedness and Respose Centre) from the Ministry of Health has said that it is not necessary to scan MySejahtera at petrol stations, the police insist that it is mandatory.

In fact, Bukit Aman CID Deputy Director DCP Datuk Mior Faridalathrash Wahid confirmed that you must register MySejahtera at the petrol station, even if you do not enter the convenience store!

Malaysians were thoroughly confused by two competing narratives, and a slew of news reports that flip-flopped on the issue.

 

Latest MySejahtera SOP For Petrol Stations : To Scan Or Not?

At around 6 PM on 10 November 2020, Senior Minister for Security Dato’ Sri Ismail Sabri, issued an updated SOP on the use of MySejahtera in petrol stations in this press conference.

Here is a summary of the updated MySejahtera SOP for petrol stations :

MUST Scan MySejahtera / Register Manually

  • Making payments or purchases inside the petrol station’s convenience store.
  • Using the ATM machine inside the petrol station’s convenience store.
  • Using the petrol station’s toilet or surau.
  • Sending your car to the petrol station’s workshop.
  • Sending your car for a manual car wash.

DO NOT Need To Scan MySejahtera / Register Manually

  • Self-serving at the pump, and paying using their credit or debit cards or online app.
  • Paying the cashier through the pigeonhole.
  • Self-inflating your own tyres.
  • Using the auto car wash, unless you are paying inside the petrol station’s convenience store.
Scan MySejahtera or
Register Manually?
Making payments inside the petrol station store YES
Making purchases from the convenience store YES
Using the toilet or surau YES
Sending car to petrol station’s workshop YES
Sending car for manual car wash YES
Self-serving at pump, and
paying with credit / debit card / mobile app
NO
Paying cashier through pigeonhole NO
Inflating tyres with air NO
Driving car through auto car wash NO

 

MySejahtera : Why Use It At Petrol Stations?

MySejahtera is a mobile app developed by the Malaysian government. It serves as a contact tracing tool, as well as a way to disseminate verified information on COVID-19 in Malaysia.

Its users can log their movements by quickly and simply scanning a QR code at public places. This is a safer option to signing a logbook, because you won’t need to touch the logbook or use a shared pen.

Even though petrol pumps in Malaysia are generally self-served, petrol stations are high traffic public areas with pump attendants and employees, as well as other customers, who may be infected.

Registering your visit with MySejahtera at the petrol station will allow the authorities to quickly and accurately perform contact tracing if any infected person was at the petrol station.

 

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Scan MySejahtera At Petrol Station, Or Get Fined RM1K?

CPRC says it’s not mandatory, but PDRM says you can be fined RM1,000 for failing to register MySejahtera at the petrol station!

So which is it? After flip-flopping, they finally clarified their stance… hopefully, for the LAST TIME!

 

Register MySejahtera At Petrol Station, Or Get Fined RM1K?

According to PDRM, you must register MySejahtera at the petrol station, even if you do not enter the convenience store! Otherwise, you could be subject to a RM1,000 fine!

Bukit Aman Criminal Investigation Department deputy director DCP Datuk Mior Faridalathrash Wahid confirmed this, saying “If the people do not register or scan, how will the police trace them if there are Covid-19 cases in the area?

As petrol stations are high-traffic public spaces, it is mandatory to register your visit using MySejahtera, as well as wear a face mask have your temperature scanned, and use a hand sanitiser.

However, it appears that petrol station operators may not be aware of this requirement either, as they do not put up MySejahtera QR codes at their pumps for motorists to register their visits…

 

But Didn’t CPRC Say MySejahtera Not Necessary At Petrol Station?

This email shows the CPRC (Crisis Preparedness and Respose Centre) team saying that it is NOT necessary to register your visit using MySejahtera if you are merely refuelling at the pump or making payments.

Sadly, it appears that CPRC and PDRM are not on the same page. CPRC says it’s not necessary, but PDRM insists it is mandatory.

 

Latest MySejahtera SOP For Petrol Stations : To Scan Or Not?

On 10 November 2020, Malaysia’s Senior Minister for Security Dato’ Sri Ismail Sabri, issued an updated SOP on the use of MySejahtera in petrol stations in this press conference.

Here is a summary of the updated MySejahtera SOP for petrol stations :

MUST Scan MySejahtera / Register Manually

  • Making payments or purchases inside the petrol station’s convenience store.
  • Using the ATM machines inside the petrol station’s convenience store.
  • Using the petrol station’s toilet or surau.
  • Sending your car to the petrol station’s workshop.
  • Sending you car for a manual car wash.

DO NOT Need To Scan MySejahtera / Register Manually

  • Self-serving at the pump, and paying using their credit or debit cards or online app.
  • Paying the cashier through the pigeonhole.
  • Self-inflating your own tyres.
  • Using the auto car wash, unless you are paying inside the petrol station’s convenience store.
Situation Scan MySejahtera or
Register Manually?
Making payments inside the petrol station store YES
Making purchases from the convenience store YES
Using the toilet or surau YES
Sending car to petrol station’s workshop YES
Sending car for manual car wash YES
Self-serving at pump, and
paying with credit / debit card / mobile app
NO
Paying cashier through pigeonhole NO
Inflating tyres with air NO
Driving car through auto car wash NO

 

MySejahtera : Why Use It At Petrol Station?

MySejahtera is a mobile app developed by the Malaysian government. It serves as a contact tracing tool, as well as a way to disseminate verified information on COVID-19 in Malaysia.

Its users can log their movements by quickly and simply scanning a QR code at public places. This is a safer option to signing a logbook, because you won’t need to touch the logbook or use a shared pen.

Even though petrol pumps in Malaysia are generally self-served, petrol stations are high traffic public areas with pump attendants and employees, as well as other customers, who may be infected.

Registering your visit with MySejahtera at the petrol station will allow the authorities to quickly and accurately perform contact tracing if any infected person was at the petrol station.

That’s why they made it mandatory to register your visit with MySejahtera at the petrol station, even if you don’t enter the convenience store.

 

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MySejahtera / Logbook : Register Or Get Fined RM1,000!

With the number of COVID-19 cases rising in Malaysia, here’s a timely reminder – register yourself at all public places using MySejahtera or the logbook, or get fined RM1,000!

 

MySejahtera / Logbook : Register Or Get Fined RM1,000!

Malaysia has so far weathered the COVID-19 pandemic with relatively few cases, thanks to a relative strict Movement Control Order, and a mandatory requirement to wear a face mask in public from 1 August 2020 onwards.

But with the surging number of new cases, the Malaysian government appears to be ramping up enforcement checks on businesses.

Malaysian netizens have shared videos and photos of recent enforcement checks, where those who did not register themselves either using the MySejahtera app or a logbook were fined RM1,000 per person!

 

MySejahtera : What Is It?

MySejahtera is a mobile app developed by the Malaysian government. It serves as a contact tracing tool, as well as a way to disseminate verified information on COVID-19 in Malaysia.

Its users can log their movements by quickly and simply scanning a QR code at public places. This is a safer option to signing a logbook, because you won’t need to touch the logbook or use a shared pen.

 

MySejahtera / Logbook : What’s The SOP?

On 4 October 2020, the Malaysia Ministry of Health issued another reminder on the mandatory registration SOP using MySejahtera or a logbook.

Please note that EVERY PERSON – including children and domestic helpers – must be registered. If they do not have a smartphone, they must register using the logbook.

Also, if you are registering yourself using the physical logbook, please write in your FULL NAME and telephone number. You can be fined if you write in only your first name.

Premise Owner

  • Make sure visitors undergo temperature screening and scan the QR code using MySejahtera
  • In the event you do not have a QR code, make sure visitors record their particulars in a logbook
  • Make sure visitors with symptoms or high risk status are not allowed into your premise

Members Of The Public

  • Make sure you perform temperature screening and scan the QR code using the MySejahtera app, or record your details in the logbook, every time you enter a premise.
  • Perform a risk analysis from time to time.

Those who fail to register themselves at public premises risk being fined RM1,000 per person, per offence.

The Malaysia Ministry of Health has proposed that this fine be increased to RM10,000. The proposal was submitted to the Malaysian Parliament in August 2020, but has yet to be approved.

 

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2020 Mercedes me Apps : Find Out What’s New!

Mercedes-Benz just unveiled the new Mercedes me Apps. Not just one, but three new and different apps!

Find out more about the three new apps, and what they offer!

 

Mercedes me : For The Mercedes-Benz Digital Ecosystem

The original Mercedes me App was first introduced in 2015, creating a digital ecosystem around their vehicles.

The current app now connects over 5 million Mercedes-Benz customers to their vehicles and digital services from Mercedes-Benz.

In 2019, they became the first car manufacturer to release a Software Development Kit, granting developers access and rights to develop new functionalities and services for their proprietary platform.

 

2020 Mercedes me Apps : What’s New?

Join host Yasmine Blair and Mathias Vaitl, Head of Mercedes me & Digital Services Business at Daimless AG, for an explanation on what’s new.

Mathias also offers some insights into their software development kit, and proprietary standardised developer platform.

Instead of the original single app, Mercedes-Benz is now offering three separate apps :

  • Mercedes me : to control vehicle functions with your smartphone,
  • Mercedes me Store : to purchase digital products from Mercedes-Benz, and
  • Mercedes me Service : to book service appointments.

The creation of three separate apps, instead of the original one app, offers these advantages :

  • improved basic functionalities
  • improved customer experience through simpler and more intuitive operation
  • shorter (more frequent) update cycles

The new apps are available with immediate effect from the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store in 36 markets, and in all 40 supported countries by end of summer 2020.

 

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Samsung Business TV : What You Need To Know!

The new Samsung Business TV displays are specially-designed for small- and medium-sized businesses.

Here is a quick primer on what the new Samsung Business TV displays offer, and how much they cost!

 

Samsung Business TV : What You Need To Know!

The new Samsung Business TV displays combine Samsung’s commercial signage expertise with their advanced TV technologies to deliver customer communications with more impact.

Sleek, Bezel-less Design

The Samsung Business TV displays , available in four panel sizes – 43-inch, 50-inch, 65-inch and 75-inch – feature a sleek, bezel-less design that easily meld with the decor.

4K HDR Crystal Display

The Samsung Business TV lineup boasts a Crystal Display with 4K UHD resolution, and support for HDR (High Dynamic Range) content, delivering bright, high-contrast content that will catch the attention of potential customers.

100 Promotional Templates

Business owners can save time by using the 100 pre-loaded, pre-designed promotional templates to quickly create professional-looking content, from seasonal offers to special deals.

Samsung Business TV App

The Samsung Business TV app – available for Android and iOS devices – is a free content management solution that lets you remotely manage and control content on all of your Business TVs.

You can use it to quickly edit, review, finalise and deploy content across multiple Business TVs using your smartphone.

High Reliability

Samsung Business TVs are built to operate for long hours – 16 hours a day, 7 days a week. They come with an extended warrantee to maximise ROI.

High Security

Samsung Business TVs come with a security lock built-in, with locks for both the panel button and USB port. The app is also protected with a six-digit PIN code. These measures ensure that no one can tamper with the content being displayed.

 

Samsung Business TV : Price + Availability

The Samsung Business TV displays is available for purchase here in Malaysia with immediate effect, with these recommended retail prices :

  • 75-inch Business TV (LH75BETHLGKXXM) : RM 7,720 (about US$1,817 / £1,403 / A$2,532 / S$2,500)
  • 65-inch Business TV (LH65BETHLGKXXM) : RM 3,575 (about US$841 / £650 / A$1,173 / S$1,158)
  • 50-inch Business TV (LH50BETHLGKXXM) : RM 2,188 (about US$515 / £398 / A$718 / S$709)
  • 43-inch Business TV (LH43BETHLGKXXM) : RM 1,875 (about US$441 / £341 / A$615 / S$607)

 

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Vettons : New eCommerce Platform For Smarter Shopping!

Vettons is a new e-commerce platform that promises to make it easier for consumers to buy original products from authorised retailers.

Find out what advantages Vettons offers over their competitors, both to consumer and retailers in Malaysia!

 

Vettons : New eCommerce Platform For Smarter Shopping!

Launched on 7 July 2020, Vettons is a new e-commerce platform that promises to deliver smarter and safer online shopping.

As Head of Marketplace, Derek Ng, explains, Vettons is focused on guaranteeing a safe shopping experience, and making it easy for companies to sell and deliver their products.

To guarantee that only genuine products are sold on their platform, they vet companies applying to join their platform to ensure that they are authorised to sell those products.

They also work with brands and have a zero-tolerance policy – companies that sell counterfeit products on their platform are banned.

This not only guarantees consumers a safer shopping experience, it also elevates companies selling genuine products, giving them greater visibility.

On top of that, Vettons make it easy for them to deliver their products using geolocation tagging with smart logistics through their three logistic partners.

 

Vettons : How To Start Shopping?

The Vettons app is available on both Apple App Store and Google Play Store :

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Will TikTok Be Banned In Pakistan After Student’s Death?

Will TikTok be banned by Pakistan after the death of a student today, like how PUBG was suspended recently?

 

Student’s Tragic Death While Shooting TikTok Video

Earlier today, 10 July 2020, a 14 year-old student in Pakistan accidentally shot himself while shooting a TikTok video, in the Bagan neighbourhood of Abbottabad, Pakistan.

The 14 year-old student, identified as Abdul Samad, was killed after he accidentally fired the gun while filming himself on TikTok.

 

Will TikTok Be Banned In Pakistan After Student Death?

This new tragedy follows a string of unfortunate deaths in Pakistan, while teenagers and children attempt to make popular TikTok videos :

  • June 2020 : 17 year-old boy accidentally pulled the trigger of his father’s gun while filming himself holding the gun to his temple in a TikTok video.
  • April 2020 : 22 year-old man died after being hit by a train, while performing a TikTok challenge at the Jumma Goth railway station.
  • March 2020 : a policeman was accidentally shot and killed while trying to snatch his gun back from a female friend who took his gun to film her TikTok video
  • December 2019 : 16 year-old boy accidentally shot himself while recording a TikTok video.

Considering PUBG was recently suspended after a student committed suicide, it seems likely that Pakistan may be forced to order a suspension of TikTok after this student’s death.

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Should TikTok be held responsible for these deaths? Arguably, they have to consider if it is really smart to allow videos of people showing off and shooting guns on a short video platform that many children and teenagers use unsupervised.

There is no age check so anyone can watch those videos, irrespective of how young they are. Heck, you don’t even need an account to watch!

 

TikTok Controversies Keep Piling Up!

While TikTok is very popular with children and teenagers, it keeps getting wracked by controversies, some of its own doing.

It was caught spying on what we type in other apps, not once but TWICE. Coupled with Chinese belligerence in the Himalayas, that led to India banning TikTok together with 58 other Chinese apps.

Its penchant for promoting TikTok challenges led to deaths and injuries from the Skull Breaker / Tripping Jump Challenge.

Recommended : Skull Breaker Challenge Continues To Injure Children!

More recently, it powered the George Floyd Challenge, which was not only extremely racist but also dangerous for children to imitate.

Recommended : George Floyd Challenge Exposed : Racist + Dangerous!

 

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TikTok Reverse-Engineered : A Peek At How It Works!

TikTok is getting exposed as a really bad piece of malware, and it doesn’t help when people like bangarlol claim to have reverse-engineered it, giving us a peek at how it all works!

 

TikTok : Controversies After Controversies

TikTok is a Chinese social networking service built around short video clips. Developed and owned by ByteDance which is based in Beijing, it is very popular amongst young people and even children.

This has led to numerous controversies as TikTok proved slow or reluctant to remove dangerous or racist videos :

TikTok has also been dogged by accusations of snooping on users, but that got serious recently, when they were caught twice spying on what we typed, followed by a ban by the Indian government.

 

TikTok Reverse-Engineered : A Peek At How It Works!

bangorlol, who claims to reverse-engineer apps for a living, claimed to have figured out how TikTok worked, and what it was “harvesting” from its users.

Data Harvesting Gone Mad?

He warned that TikTok is a “data collection service” that is “essentially malware that is targeting children“, collecting everything they can get their hands on, even data unnecessary for the features they offer.

  • other apps that you installed, even those you deleted!
  • everything on your network, including network configuration and devices!
  • your GPS location – roughly once every 30 seconds!

This data collection is so critical that the TikTok app is disabled if you block communications to their data analytics host at the DNS level.

What You Don’t Know Can’t Hurt You?

The TikTok app itself is specially designed to obfuscate (make it difficult to figure out) what they are really doing.

The First Taste Of Fame…

According to bangorlol, the TikTok service will entice you by letting your first post get more likes, giving you a taste of going viral.

This will hopefully hook you into using their app, which would lead to more users as your friends will want to join in too.

Remote Payload?

bangorlol found code that allows for the downloading of a remote file, unzipping it and then executing the binary – something no legitimate app will ever do.

Can’t Be Bothered With SSL But Encrypt The Data They Collect?

Apparently, TikTok has not been using SSL (HTTPS) for a long time, leaking user email addresses through their HTTP REST API, as well as the real names and birthdays of their users.

Yet they took the effort to encrypt all of the data they collect from their users, even changing the encryption keys with every update, so you don’t know what they’re collecting.

 

TikTok Reverse-Engineered : The Full bangorlol Post

For those who want to read bangorlol’s full post, here it is :

I reverse-engineered the app, and feel confident in stating that I have a very strong understanding for how the app operates (or at least operated as of a few months ago).

TikTok is a data collection service that is thinly-veiled as a social network. If there is an API to get information on you, your contacts, or your device… well, they’re using it.

  • Phone hardware (cpu type, number of course, hardware ids, screen dimensions, dpi, memory usage, disk space, etc)
  • Other apps you have installed (I’ve even seen some I’ve deleted show up in their analytics payload – maybe using as cached value?)
  • Everything network-related (ip, local ip, router mac, your mac, wifi access point name)
  • Whether or not you’re rooted/jailbroken
  • Some variants of the app had GPS pinging enabled at the time, roughly once every 30 seconds – this is enabled by default if you ever location-tag a post IIRC
  • They set up a local proxy server on your device for “transcoding media”, but that can be abused very easily as it has zero authentication

The scariest part of all of this is that much of the logging they’re doing is remotely configurable, and unless you reverse every single one of their native libraries (have fun reading all of that assembly, assuming you can get past their customized fork of OLLVM!!!) and manually inspect every single obfuscated function. They have several different protections in place to prevent you from reversing or debugging the app as well. App behavior changes slightly if they know you’re trying to figure out what they’re doing. There’s also a few snippets of code on the Android version that allows for the downloading of a remote zip file, unzipping it, and executing said binary. There is zero reason a mobile app would need this functionality legitimately.

On top of all of the above, they weren’t even using HTTPS for the longest time. They leaked users’ email addresses in their HTTP REST API, as well as their secondary emails used for password resets. Don’t forget about users’ real names and birthdays, too. It was allllll publicly viewable a few months ago if you MITM’d the application.

They provide users with a taste of “virality” to entice them to stay on the platform. Your first TikTok post will likely garner quite a bit of likes, regardless of how good it is.. assuming you get past the initial moderation queue if thats still a thing. Most users end up chasing the dragon. Oh, there’s also a ton of creepy old men who have direct access to children on the app, and I’ve personally seen (and reported) some really suspect stuff. 40-50 year old men getting 8-10 year old girls to do “duets” with them with sexually suggestive songs. Those videos are posted publicly. TikTok has direct messaging functionality.

Here’s the thing though.. they don’t want you to know how much information they’re collecting on you, and the security implications of all of that data in one place, en masse, are fucking huge. They encrypt all of the analytics requests with an algorithm that changes with every update (at the very least the keys change) just so you can’t see what they’re doing. They also made it so you cannot use the app at all if you block communication to their analytics host off at the DNS-level.

For what it’s worth I’ve reversed the Instagram, Facebook, Reddit, and Twitter apps. They don’t collect anywhere near the same amount of data that TikTok does, and they sure as hell aren’t outright trying to hide exactly whats being sent like TikTok is. It’s like comparing a cup of water to the ocean – they just don’t compare.

tl;dr; I’m a nerd who figures out how apps work for a job. Calling it an advertising platform is an understatement. TikTok is essentially malware that is targeting children. Don’t use TikTok. Don’t let your friends and family use it.

 

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India Bans 59 Chinese Apps, Including TikTok and WeChat!

After TikTok was exposed for spying on what we type, it got banned by India together with 58 other Chinese apps, for cybersecurity reasons.

Here is everything you need to know about this new ban, including the full list of banned apps!

 

India Bans 59 Chinese Apps, Including TikTok and WeChat!

Just two days ago, we showed how TikTok was caught spying on what we type in other apps, not once but TWICE.

The very next day, TikTok joined WeChat as part of a ban by India on 59 Chinese apps identified as malicious or posing data and privacy risks to their users.

The Ministry of Information Technology has received many complaints from various sources including several reports about misuse of some mobile apps available on Android and iOS platforms for stealing and surreptitiously transmitting users’ data in an unauthorized manner to servers which have locations outside India.

The compilation of these data, its mining and profiling by elements hostile to national security and defence of India, which ultimately impinges upon the sovereignty and integrity of India, is a matter of very deep and immediate concern which requires emergency measures.

Based on input from the Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre, the Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-IN) and representatives from both inside and outside the Indian Parliament, the Indian government announced the ban of 59 Chinese apps.

No doubt, the recent high altitude fatal brawl between Chinese and Indian troops in the Himalayas played some part in this decision.

Recommended : TikTok Caught Spying What We Type In Other Apps… TWICE!

 

India Bans 59 Chinese Apps : The Full List

  1. TikTok
  2. Shareit
  3. Kwai
  4. UC Browser
  5. Baidu map
  6. Shein
  7. Clash of Kings
  8. DU battery saver
  9. Helo
  10. Likee
  11. YouCam makeup
  12. Mi Community
  13. CM Browers
  14. Virus Cleaner
  15. APUS Browser
  16. ROMWE
  17. Club Factory
  18. Newsdog
  19. Beutry Plus
  20. WeChat
  21. UC News
  22. QQ Mail
  23. Weibo
  24. Xender
  25. QQ Music
  26. QQ Newsfeed
  27. Bigo Live
  28. SelfieCity
  29. Mail Master
  30. Parallel Space
  31. Mi Video Call – Xiaomi
  32. WeSync
  33. ES File Explorer
  34. Viva Video – QU Video Inc
  35. Meitu
  36. Vigo Video
  37. New Video Status
  38. DU Recorder
  39. Vault- Hide
  40. Cache Cleaner DU App studio
  41. DU Cleaner
  42. DU Browser
  43. Hago Play With New Friends
  44. Cam Scanner
  45. Clean Master – Cheetah Mobile
  46. Wonder Camera
  47. Photo Wonder
  48. QQ Player
  49. We Meet
  50. Sweet Selfie
  51. Baidu Translate
  52. Vmate
  53. QQ International
  54. QQ Security Center
  55. QQ Launcher
  56. U Video
  57. V fly Status Video
  58. Mobile Legends
  59. DU Privacy

 

India Bans 59 Chinese Apps : The Implications

This ban by India means that Apple App Store, Google Play Store and even the HUAWEI AppGallery must stop providing access to those 59 banned apps in India.

If you already have them installed, then they will still work. You just cannot install them from official app stores within India.

If you still wish to download and install them, Android users can download and install their APK (Android Application Package) installation files from their official websites and APK repositories.

Apple iOS users, as usual, are out of luck, unless they are using jailbroken devices.

 

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GrabPay Scam : Don’t Link Your Debit Card / Bank Account!

Beware of a new GrabPay scam that can quickly suck your debit cards and bank account dry!

Don’t link your debit card or bank account with GrabPay, and SHARE this warning with your family and friends!

 

GrabPay Scam Alert : Don’t Link Your Bank Account!

On 16 May 2020, Muhammad Syahir recounted how he was cheated of almost RM 900 through a GrayPay scam. Here is a brief summary of what happened :

  • The scammer created a new Instagram account, pretending to be the victim’s friend.
  • He messaged the victim asking for his phone number.
  • After receiving the victim’s phone number, he messaged him through Instagram to tell him about the GrabPay 8th Anniversary Campaign.
  • The victim was asked to look out for a GrabPay code, which would reveal what he won.

  • After sending the GrabPay code (not a TAC code) to the scammer, the victim saw RM 425 being debited into his GrabPay account. Unbeknownst to him, that money was from his own bank account!
  • A few minutes later, the victim received a notification that the RM 425 was paid to UNIPIN (M) SDN. BHD.
  • The scammer messaged him again on Instagram, asking for a second code that was sent to the victim.
  • The victim then received another notification from GrabPay stating that another RM 425 was paid to UNIPIN (M) SDN. BHD.
  • After that, the scammer blocked the victim on Instagram. That was when the victim got suspicious.
  • When the victim checked his bank account, he discovered that he lost RM 896.30 to the scammer.
  • In total, the scammer made 5 withdrawals through GrabPay – four from his debit card, and one from his bank account.

Another person – Patrick Saw – also fell for the same GrabPay scam, losing RM 405.

 

GrabPay Scam Alert : GrabPay Flaws?

Muhammad Syahir highlighted what he felt were major flaws with GrabPay :

  1. GrabPay allows credit / debit card transactions without CVV verification or OTP from the bank.
  2. GrabPay will not notify you about any first-time login attempt of a different gadget in a different location.
  3. GrabPay does not require users to set-up a secured PIN for any big transactions – e.g. more than RM100.
  4. If your bank account is linked to your GrabPay e-wallet, there won’t be any SMS notification for bank transfers to your e-wallet.

According to his experience, the scammer only needed to use the Grab Activation Code to withdraw money from all bank accounts / debit cards linked to your GrabPay app.

 

GrabPay Scam Alert : How To Avoid It?

To avoid falling prey to such a scam, here is what you should do :

  • NEVER accept a friendship request from a new social media account, until you have verified with your friend (through a phone call or face-to-face) that he/she created that new account.
  • NEVER send any code you receive to anyone. Even if it is a friend, why does he/she need the code that was sent to YOU?
  • Businesses will never give away free money for anniversaries. Don’t fall for such an old trick!
  • NEVER link your debit card or bank account to an e-wallet. Only link a credit card, because they are insured and protected against fraud. If you get scammed, you can call the bank to ask for a refund.

 

GrabPay Scam Alert : Original Post + Police Report

Here was what Muhammad Syahir posted earlier, together with his police report :

SCAM ALERT VIA GRAB PAY!
It happened to me last night and I have lost almost RM1K in a few minutes via Grab Pay.

The incident happened when one of my close friends re-created a new Instagram account and requested to follow me. He messaged me and asked for my phone number via Instagram message. Without any doubt, I gave him my phone number, knowing that he probably has lost my phone number.

He posted a few photos to his newly-created Instagram account so it does not look like a phishing account.

After that, he sent another message to me about GrabPay 8th year special campaign. He was telling me that I will send a message with a code to your phone and please let me know the code and I will see what you have won.

Grab Activation Code was sent to my phone number. It was an activation code not TAC code. I gave the activation code to him without any doubt because I know that he is my friend. Also, I was thinking of this is just an activation code, it has nothing to do with my bank accounts.

The tricks started here. I saw RM425 was debited to my GrabPay account and I did not know that it was from my bank account which was linked to the GrabPay account. After a few minutes, I received a new notification from the GrabPay that RM425 was paid to UNIPIN (M) SDN BHD.

The scammer then messaged me again on Instagram. Another activation code was sent to your phone, please let me know the code. Then, I have received another notification from GrabPay that another RM425 was paid to UNIPIN (M) SDN BHD.

When I was about to reply him a message, he blocked me up. That was the time that I know something fishy has happened. When I checked my Maybank2u, I have lost a total amount of RM896.30 from my bank account. The scammer has cleared all the money in my bank account and left RM60 balance to my GrabPay.

The scammer did a total of 5 transactions as you can see from my GrabPay activity picture below. 4 transactions were made directly via debit card which is linked to my GrabPay account and 1 transaction was made via Maybank2u. The scammer even managed to access my Maybank2u account from the GrabPay account.

It happened to me in a blink of an eye where you were blinded by this scammer who cat fished your close friend to do this scam.

On top of that, let me highlight the flaws of the GrabPay app:

1) Grab allows credit/debit card transaction without the bank’s authorization OTP and also the CVV verification.
2) Grab does not notify the user via email for any first-time login attempts of different gadgets in different location.
3) Upon registering this app for the past few years, Grab did not put a clause for the users to mandatorily set up their secured pin for any big transactions that are more than RM100.
4) Your bank account that is linked to your GrabPay will not notify you via sms for any debit transaction from the bank to the GrabPay.

*The scammer just need the Grab Activation Code and he can take all the money from your linked bank accounts on the Grab app. Such a flaw app!

Please be aware of this scam and help me to share this news. I have also tag a person who has faced the same case last week. You may also check on his Facebook profile. Patrick Saw has lost RM405 from the scammer who has approached him the same way as mine.

 

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Ryde Introduces RydePool Car Pooling Service In Malaysia!

Ryde, the number one carpool app in Singapore, is introducing the RydePool car pooling service in Malaysia!

Here is EVERYTHING you need to know about Ryde and their RydePool service, as well as their upcoming RydeCity feature!

 

An Introduction To Ryde + RydePool

Ryde was started by Singaporean financier Terence Zou in 2015, to encourage carpooling as a greener and more convenient transportation option.

Using its in-app request and matching technology, the RydePool service matches drivers on a particular route with commuters hoping to hitch a ride along the same route.

Unlike other ride-hailing apps, Ryde allows both advanced and on-demand bookings for RydePool, so drivers and riders can better plan their journey.

In addition, RydePool fares are based on a not-for-profit model, where riders pay for the cost contribution of the trip, taking into consideration the distance travelled, petrol, toll and car depreciation costs.

 

Ryde Introduces RydePool Car Pooling Service In Malaysia!

After becoming the number one carpool app in Singapore, Ryde is expanding globally, with Malaysia as their first step. They plan to introduce Ryde to Sydney in 2020, and Hong Kong after that.

Ryde officially launched the Ryde app and RydePool carpooling service today (16 October 2019) in the Klang Valley, with plans to eventually roll it out to other major Malaysian cities like Johor, Penang and Melaka.

You can download the Ryde app and sign up to be a driver or rider starting today, but the RydePool service will only kick off on 1 November 2019.

Ryde is currently offering drivers zero commission fares, which means the driver gets to pocket 100% of their fares to offset their driving expenses.

Later, Ryde may introduce commission rate (currently 9% in Singapore), although they are looking to monetise in other ways, like advertising and partnerships with multinational companies.

 

Ryde + RydePool Availability

The Ryde app is available for downloads and sign-ups from 16 October 2019 onwards, from both the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.

The RydePool service will begin on 1 November 2019.

 

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Yes, Yahoo Mail Is Still Alive… And They Have A New App!

Even though many of us have long ditched Yahoo Mail for Gmail, it still commands a significant number of users. And today, they announced a new Yahoo Mail app to break through Gmail’s dominance.

 

Yes, Yahoo Mail Is Still Alive

Yahoo Mail has been so out of sight, we could be forgiven for thinking that they went extinct or absorbed by another entity, like the once-famous Hotmail.

Yet, Yahoo Mail remains popular amongst the older generation that grew up with it, in spite of Gmail’s dominance.

 

The New Yahoo Mail App

Today on 24 September 2019, Yahoo launched a new version of their Mail app, that they promise will “redefine the way people use their inboxes in an era of Internet and Inbox overload“.

The new Yahoo Mail app will organise the email clutter for you, and empower you to personalise and control your inboxes, so you can focus on what matters most.

The new app will automatically group your messages into Views, such as Travel and Attachments. It will also let you control email overload by introducing an easy, one-tap unsubscribe tool.

Design refresh and deeper customisation

  • It will have a revamped interface that is built with today’s taller mobile screens in mind allows for intuitive one-hand usage with the new navigation bar at the bottom of the screen.
  • The layout will be cleaner, colourful, easier to use, and customisable.
  • Users can also personalise their push notifications to highlight which type of mail they wish to be alerted to (personal vs. promotional) and tailor their inbox with custom colour themes and sounds.
  • There is also a drag and drop interface with fun animations.

Photos and files in one place

  • Now there’s one View that allows easy access and navigation of all mail attachments, including important files, travel documents, event tickets, and photos. The information users need is always at hand.

Industry-leading management of email subscriptions

  • With a View for subscriptions, users can browse the emails they’re subscribed to and unsubscribe from any newsletter with a single tap without leaving the app.

In addition, you can add and use your Gmail and Outlook accounts, making the Yahoo Mail app a multi-purpose inbox for all of your emails.

 

New Yahoo Mail App Availability

The new Yahoo Mail app will start rolling out progressively starting 24 September 2019, on both Android and iOS.

 

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SOCAR YOLO Pass + One-Way Airport Drive Details Revealed!

SOCAR just announced the YOLO Pass promotion, and the One-Way Airport Drive feature! We got a taste of the YOLO Pass ourselves, with model Alicia Amin and comedian Kavin Jay! Here are the full details!

 

One-Way Airport Drive

The SOCAR One-Way Airport Drive allows you to select a SOCAR to drive to the airport, with the convenience of just dropping off the car at any valid parking zone at the airport.

No hassle of returning it back from where you first picked the car, or even parking in a special parking area! Just make sure you leave your parking token in the car!

This one-way airport service is open to KLIA 1 and KLIA 2. To let you try it out, SOCAR is offering the One-Way Airport Drive at an introductory flat one-way fee of RM50 plus the hourly rental fee for the choice of vehicle.

Cars for the SOCAR One-Way Airport Drive service can be picked up from any SOCAR one-way zone with a choice of over 10 different car models to select from including hatchbacks and SUVs.

 

YOLO Pass

Starting July 2018, SOCAR will select a member at random, giving them the once in a lifetime opportunity to go on a spontaneous vacation in true YOLO spirit. The only condition that members need to adhere to would be their availability to take up the YOLO Pass within one week’s notice.

If you had the chance to just pack your bags and leave for the weekend, where would you choose to go? Would you choose to visit the massive ruins of Bayon in Siem Reap, kayak at El-Nido, trek waterfalls in Bali, hitch a helicopter ride to Perak or chill by the beach at Phi-Phi island? With the YOLO Pass being now open to all members, SOCAR will be asking their members the very same question.

Functioning like a lucky draw, winners of the YOLO Pass will be provided with a complimentary round trip one-way SOCAR Pass to the airport and a surprise flight ticket to their desired destination. All members registered to the SOCAR app are eligible to be selected for the YOLO Pass as long as they have one reservation completed with the car sharing platform.

Winners to receive the ultimate YOLO Pass will be announced on the first Friday of the month and will be notified via a text message, phone call or email. The cut-off date and time to join the YOLO Pass will be the last day of every month before 11:59pm.

 

A Taste Of The SOCAR YOLO Pass

We too got a taste of the SOCAR YOLO Pass, when SOCAR brought comedian Kavin Jay for a YOLO comedy skit, and then took us on a horse riding experience with model Alicia Amin!

Get more details on SOCAR in our earlier article – Now You Can Go Car-Less With SOCAR In Malaysia!

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Boost Your Payment Options With The Boost Mobile Wallet!

The Boost mobile wallet offers a new, and more convenient way to pay, send, request and store money in their smartphones. It is not the first, and it won’t be the last, mobile wallet to be offered to consumers. Find out what raises the Boost mobile wallet above and beyond the competition!

 

The Boost Mobile Wallet

Boost was originally launched as a lifestyle app in January 2017, offering prepaid top-ups and digital vouchers. It has now been upgraded into a mobile wallet that allows its users to pay for goods and services using their smartphones.

Like other mobile wallet providers, the Boost team has worked hard at recruiting merchants to accept Boost payments. They currently boast online and offline in over 5,000 locations, with a surprising emphasis on pasar malam vendors, food trucks, and food courts, in addition to the usual suspects.

They’re also focusing on the social element of their users to drive market acceptance. They include functions designed to fit the modern lifestyle – Scan and Pay, and Split Bill, for example. The Boost team is also integrating “social games” into the app, to make it more than just a mobile wallet.

 

The Boost “Paint The Town Red” Campaign

In conjunction with Chinese New Year, Boost will debut its “Paint The Town Red” campaign, where signature red QR codes can be spotted at all online and offline partner merchants nationwide, which users can scan using their mobile phones in their daily transactions.

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Boost will introduce a number of new features that will have raining Ang Pows in the app made available from 30 January 2018 until 28 February 2018. All one has to do to receive Ang Pows is:

  1. Pay with the Boost mobile wallet at physical outlets and online stores
  2. Purchase digital vouchers, prepaid top up & pay Celcom postpaid bill
  3. Join the Share & Get Ang Pow game

Android users can download Boost from the Play Store while iOS users can download from the App Store

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Now You Can Go Car-Less With SOCAR In Malaysia!

After serving nearly three million users in South Korea with a fleet of 9000 cars in the past 5 years, SOCAR is now in Malaysia. Launched yesterday, SOCAR bridges the gap in the existing multi-flex transport system with their on-demand car sharing service.

Although SOCAR is a private service, they teamed up with the Malaysian government in their initiative to provide Malaysian commuters with an affordable option in the last leg of their journey. To support their efforts, Y.B. Dato’ Seri Hajah Nancy binti Shukri, a Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, officiated the launch.

 

The SOCAR Car Sharing Service

To explain the concept behind the SOCAR car sharing service, is Leon Foong, CEO of SOCAR Malaysia.

The service runs off the SOCAR smartphone app, which allows you to book your car of choice for anything between 30 minutes to a whole week. The app also functions as a vehicle locater and smart key. Locking and unlocking the car is simply a matter of pressing a button in the app.

 

Vehicle Price & Availability

The SOCAR app is free to download from the Apple App Store, or Google Play Store. Registration is free, although you will need to pay RM 10 when you key in a credit or debit card for the first time.

The SOCAR service is only available in Kuala Lumpur at the moment. Their current fleet consists of 240 cars, made up of these four models :

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  • MINI Cooper (3 Door) : RM 25 per hour
  • Honda HR-V : RM 18.90 per hour
  • Honda City : RM 9.90 per hour
  • Perodua Axia : RM 8 per hour

The fee includes insurance, petrol and reserved parking at the pick-up and drop-off point. Every vehicle comes with a free mileage allocation of 30 km per hour booked. Anything beyond that will incur a small charge of RM 0.25 per km.

In certain areas, you can request for a Door-2-Door (D2D) service for just RM 5. A SOCAR driver will drop off the car at your location, and pick it up once you’re done. Super convenient!

They also offer a Stress Free Pass, which allows you to book a car after busy working hours and return it the next day. This is perfect for corporate users who just need a convenient car to commute between the office and home.

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The Alibaba DingTalk App Features & Details Revealed!

The Alibaba Group is taking their Dingtalk enterprise communication and collaboration platform worldwide. DingTalk CTO, Hugo Zhu and their Head of Global Business Development, Chris Wang, flew in to demonstrate how DingTalk will help businesses small and large improve their staff communication and collaboration.

 

What Is DingTalk?

Alibaba created DingTalk in January 2015 as a proprietary enterprise communication and collaboration platform that enables text, photo, voice and video communication, workflow management and collaboration among team members and enterprises of various sizes. More than 5 million companies and organizations are currently using it in China.

 

DingTalk Security

As a Chinese app targeted at enterprises, Alibaba is eager to assure users of the security of the DingTalk platform. It features end-to-end 256-bit AES encryption over SSL/TLS connections. It is also one of the first Chinese apps to have obtained the ISO/IEC 27001:2013 standard.

Enterprises that require additional security can opt for third-party encryption services that will provide assurance that the messages and data sent or shared on DingTalk cannot be accessed, even if their servers are compromised in any way.

 

DingTalk Communication Features

  • Phone / Chat: DingTalk can support up to 3,000 members in a single group chat.
  • Voice Conferencing: Multi-party participation with ease of clicking a button on the group chat for up to 50 people. Voice service is currently only available via VoIP for users outside of China.
  • Video Conferencing: High-definition video conferencing equipment for up to 16 parties, view conference status at a glance and easily switch between training and discussion mode, supports both desktop and file sharing. Video services is currently only available via VoIP for users outside of China.
  • Ding Mail: Effective email messaging and receive email notifications in chats. Ding Mail makes email messaging more like chats instead of threads.
  • Organization Chart: View organization’s structure in a glance, find people and contacts with ease.
  • Read/Unread Status: All types of messaging display read / unread statuses for improving communications efficiency.
  • Secret Chat: Send a traceless secret message for ultimate privacy and protection. Once read, the message automatically delete itself after 30 seconds. No Copy& Paste is allowed during Secret Chat mode. Both profiles within the Secret Chat are masked, hence the identities remain concealed.

 

DingTalk Office Automation Features

  • Attendance: User-friendly and smart Clocking-In and Out system, automatically generates attendance reports, approvals for business trips and leave are automatically.
  • Approvals: all your workplace tools in one place – requests for leaves, applications for business trips or reimbursements at the convenience of your phone. Recommended process templates are provided for each industry. Approval functions lets you view pending applications, keep track of all your approved applications and submit your own applications for approval.
  • Ding Drive: quick and easy file collaboration, integrated company chats, making sharing files between colleagues even easier. Easy and sharable files between companies through your external contacts or keep files only accessible to employees. Free storage for every registered organizations. Different permission settings available in regular chars, private chats or organization chats.
  • Check-In: More of a field-force feature. NO setup is required and it captures all check-in records in one report.
  • Log: View work reports from previous days, weeks or months to help identify problems
  • Announcement: Announcements can be made within your department / organization. Members will receive notifications once announcement has been posted.

 

DingTalk Collaboration Features

  • DING Message: Send important messages via SMS, phone or in the app ( DING message via phone is only available for a few customers and the function is available only to a “White List” of users and is not available to the general public)
  • DING Tasks: create and assign work tasks in seconds
  • DING Meetings: Book offline meetings, video conferences and conference calls (voice and video services are currently only available via VoIP for users outside of China)
  • External Contacts: Batch add from Phone Contacts / import from PC, Add manually or Scan Business Card to add external contacts to your DingTalk. Under the Scan Business Card function, all you need to do is scan the business card and all information will be automatically extracted and saved under External Contacts.
  • Hot Line: Local hotline number for customers in Malaysia is +603 20929588
  • Field Support: When required, DingTalk’s local team will provide onsite deployment service or training for organizations and companies.

 

DingTalk Smart Office Devices

Enterprises, small and large, can further leverage the capabilities of DingTalk with the addition of these DingTalk Smart office Devices :

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  • With the C1 Smart Wi-Fi Router, users can complete the 4-step configuration in 5 minutes. With one-click setup and seamless roaming, the router enables smart network traffic control and supports up to 256 devices.
  • Besides screen sharing between offices powered by DingTalk, users can also use D6 Wireless HD Projector or V1 Wireless Portable Projector for presentation.
  • DingTalk enables enterprises to conveniently record attendance in the workplace and at external meetings with the M1 Finger Print Attendance Machine and M2 Facial Recognition Smart Receptionist.

 

DingTalk Price & Availability

Originally designed as a Chinese app, DingTalk is now available as an English app in Google Play Store, and the Apple App Store. It is also available on the desktop for Windows and Mac systems.

The native features of DingTalk are FREE for all enterprises to use, irrespective of their size. Optional third-party, or value added services (e.g. additional Ding Drive storage) may be applicable.

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The Carpit App Officially Launches As An Open Beta!

Driven by their co-founders’ mission to transform the way Malaysians service and maintain their vehicles, the Carpit app was officially launched as an open beta, with Malaysian motorsport athlete and professional drifter Leona Chin as their official brand ambassador. Join us for the full coverage!

 

The Carpit App

Carpit prides itself on being the first service of its kind to offer end-to-end service assurance with a full warranty against any damage for all customers’ vehicles as well as any scams or unexpected charges to customers. Carpit prices are transparent as well, with no hidden charges or extra rates that will be charged without notice.

Users need only pay once through the application after all the required services have been completed, cutting out any potential risks for fluctuating prices by the dealers.

To ensure the legitimacy of its car service dealers, Carpit maintains a strict service quality guideline and gives customers the chance to review and rate other dealers. This helps to reduce the incidences of scams and poor-quality dealers.

Coupling this with the growing network of over 237 trusted dealers throughout the country available on Carpit’s platform powered by the latest mobile technology, users can be assured that they will be able to find a suitable dealer anywhere, anytime.

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The Carpit app is designed to be user-friendly and convenient to fit with the busy lifestyle of modern day drivers both new and old; with a few clicks on their smartphone, anyone can request to get their car tyres serviced and replaced. The app features a large database of popular car model profiles with their respective tyre sizes, making it easy for customers and car service shops to quickly identify the right tyres needed for any car.

Carpit is also made for those who don’t have the time to bring their cars to the car service shop as all service shop dealers are able to offer free pickup and drop-off services, allowing customers to book a service all without leaving the comforts of their home or work.

To encourage the habit of regular check-ups, the Carpit app even helps to keep track of all your tyre service records and provide reminders so that users know when to send your car tyres for servicing again. Additionally, the app will even allow users to store and enjoy a large variety of promotions by the service shop dealers, making their next trip to the shops even more attractive.

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BIGO LIVE : Free Live-Streaming Videos On iOS & Android

BIGO LIVE is a free live-streaming video app for iOS and Android that allows mobile users to broadcast themselves and share their lives spontaneously on live video. The app was launched on March 2016 and has captured a fast-growing user base in the Southeast Asian region, particularly amongst the young. BIGO Live is now popular not only in Asia, but also in North America, Europe, Russia and Middle East.

The BIGO LIVE platform not only helps create new Internet personalities, it is also helping emerging actors and actresses engage their audience. The live broadcasting feature in BIGO LIVE is now a key tool in grooming these new talents, and helping them increase their exposure.

 

The Secret To BIGO LIVE’s Success

BIGO LIVE was adopted very quickly by local celebrities and personalities. Vietnamese personalities like Lilly Luta, Dang Dung and Nguyen Huu Cong have attracted 9,000 viewers in one BIGO LIVE room. Meanwhile, Thai online celebrity Onboatz (who commands an 80,000 strong following on Instagram) has also adopted BIGO LIVE.

Indonesian star Julia Perez even used BIGO LIVE to share her experience in fighting cancer. That garnered a tremendous amount of positive acclaim from her fans.

A famous American prank star, Vitaly, has once broadcasted a bullfight that he joined on Halloween. Before the bullfight took place, he had even tweeted, “If I die, at least I die live,” inviting everyone to join his BIGO Live stream to watch the exciting bullfight.

BIGO has also created a very large and healthy community in South Korea with live streamers broadcasting their interesting lives and even make-up tutorials to viewers.

And if you are wondering, BIGO stands for “Before I Get Old“. Fascinating, isn’t it?

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Where To Download BIGO Live?

Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=sg.bigo.live

iOS: https://itunes.apple.com/app/id1077137248

 

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Telenor Launches The Valyou Mobile Wallet!

Kuala Lumpur, 15 November 2016Telenor Group, one of the world’s major mobile operators, today announced the launch of Valyou, a mobile financial services provider offering affordable and convenient mobile money solutions in Malaysia through a handy mobile wallet app.

 

Valyou

In May 2016, Telenor acquired Prabhu Money Transfer Sdn Bhd (“Prabhu”), a Malaysian-based licensed money services business that provides multi-country international remittance services. Rebranded to Valyou, Telenor is leveraging the acquired company’s well-established distribution channels, experience and recently approved license to issue e-money, to strengthen its mobile financial services footprint and offerings in Asia.

“We believe that everyone can benefit from having easy and affordable access to mobile financial services, in particular to help them take control of a very important aspect of their lives – their personal economy. In a country with high smartphone penetration rates, and the government’s continued promotion towards building a cashless society, services in the form of a mobile wallet could really be a game changer in making access to formal financial services available to many more people,” said Khurram Malik, Chief Executive Officer of Valyou.

According to Malik, the Valyou mobile wallet is an easy, secure way to store and manage cash from your mobile device; a convenient e-money solution aimed at serving the under-banked segments of Malaysia, such as youths, lower income earners and migrants. “It is easy-to-use, secure, offers more benefits the more you use it, puts customers fully in charge of when, where and how they handle their cash, and it is reliable, backed by Telenor’s many years of experience in rolling out mobile financial services solutions across the globe.

 

The Valyou Mobile Wallet

The Valyou mobile wallet is more secure than having cash in your wallet, requiring a 6-digit authorization pin to enable customers to perform the following directly from the mobile wallet:

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  • Cash-In to (deposit money) and Cash Out from (withdraw money) the mobile wallet via online, in-app, at retailers and designated agents
  • P2P Transfers from one Valyou mobile wallet to another
  • International Remittance – send money overseas directly from Valyou mobile wallet application
  • Airtime Top-Ups for prepaid accounts of any network
  • Bill Payments for either phone bills or utilities
  • Online Games Top-Ups for in-app game purchases

Malik estimates that the mobile international remittance (IR) feature of the mobile wallet will be popular among customers. “The Valyou mobile wallet makes money transfer easy and convenient, not limiting customers to particular outlets, locations and operating hours, and most importantly, it is safe as it mitigates the risk of physically carrying cash. We see this adding value to smartphone users who often perform remittance transactions, from a foreign worker based in Malaysia, to locals with domestic helpers sending money home, to parents with children studying abroad. There is a wide user base that can benefit from this mobile IR service.”

The cross-border mobile international remittance service enables money transfers to seven (7) countries globally, and is provided in addition to the traditional over-the-counter remittance services still offered by Valyou. The mobile wallet itself is open to subscribers from any mobile network operators, and supports all smartphone types. Currently, customers can download the Android version of the mobile wallet app, and soon the IOS version.

 

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Catch ‘Em All Faster With The PokeMobile!

Update @ 2016-08-07 : Pokémon GO was officially launched in Malaysia yesterday, so the PokeMobiles will be roaming the streets of the Klang Valley, ferrying Pokémon GO players to nearby PokeStops. Go book one right now!

 

Catch ‘Em All Faster With The PokeMobile!

Malaysians have heard that the Pokémon GO launch is imminent. Everyone’s raring to go out and catch ’em all! In their eagerness, some will probably get hurt… especially if they are thinking of driving out to hunt for Pokémons.

To help Malaysians hunt Pokémons safely, Grab and Hotlink just launched the limited-edition PokeMobile! Let’s see what the fuss is all about!

 

Grab & Hotlink Launches The PokeMobile

In this video, Maybel Chan (Maxis’ Head of Content & Engagement), and Jaygan Fu (Grab Malaysia’s Country Manager), officially launch the PokeMobile promotion.

Followed by a Q&A session…

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The PokeMobile Revealed!

These are special Grab cars that have been decked out in Pokémon livery. Each PokeMobile also comes with refreshments, Grab goodie bags, Hotlink PokeChargers and even a PokeMonitor, with Hotlink 4G connectivity.

A total of four PokeMobiles will ply the Klang Valley, shuttling Pokémon GO players to nearby PokeStops, over the first two days. Best of all – IT’S ALL FREE!

To book a PokeMobile for a free ride to the nearest PokeStop, Pokémon GO players have to do is :
  • Install / upgrade the Grab app (available for free on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store)
  • Select the PokeMobile button in the Grab app, and wait for your pickup!

If that’s not enough, PokeMobile riders who are also Hotlink customers will receive US$100 worth of PokeCoins via Hotlink Cash Online. This is equivalent to 14,500 PokeCoins! Of course, you can also use those PokeCoins to purchase 145 Pokémon lures, 145 Pokéballs or 96 egg incubators.

In addition, Hotlink customers will get 10% off their PokeCoins purchased through Hotlink Cash Online. They will also get 10% off in-app purchases on other games and apps like Clash of Clans, Clash Royale, Smule, Loong Craft, Crisis Action, Candy Crush Saga, etc. on Google Play Store. [adrotate banner=”5″]

 

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Is Pokémon GO Launching In Malaysia Tomorrow?

Everyone is crazy about Pokémon GO, including Malaysians who have been waiting impatiently for it to be released in Malaysia. They have been disappointed time and time again by rumours that Pokémon GO is going to be launched. Will they be disappointed again?

 

Grab ‘Em All Faster with Hotlink

This morning, we received a special invitation from Maxis. Oddly enough, it’s for tomorrow morning! Such a short notice is often a sign that something special is coming up. A short notice is often used to prevent leaks – the fewer people know about it, the less likely the information will be leaked.

The invitation was enticingly titled “Grab ‘Em All Faster with Hotlink“, with this accompanying graphic :

There is no doubt that this Maxis event is about Pokémon GO. This has led many to speculate that this is a sign that Pokémon GO is launching in Malaysia tomorrow. Why else would Maxis resort to emailing the media about this event on a Sunday morning?

Find out all about the PokeMobile promotion that Grab and Hotlink announced today!

 

Pokémon GO Update

Speculation of an impending launch was also based on the major Pokémon GO update that was released just yesterday. That update came with the following changes / improvements :

  • players can now re-customise their character
  • Pokémon move sets have been rebalanced
  • some spawn points have been changed
  • your favourite Pokémon can be locked to prevent accidental transfers
  • the footstep tracking feature has been removed, eliminating the 3-step bug
  • the scan radius has been reduced

The theory is that Niantic will want to fix the major bugs before launching in new regions. The removal of the footstep tracking feature, in particular, is useful in reducing server load. That would be something Niantic would be eager to fix before launching the game in new countries.

 

Is Pokémon GO Launching In Malaysia Tomorrow?

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Unfortunately, we do NOT think Pokémon GO will be launching in Malaysia tomorrow. After carefully reading the Maxis invitation, we highlight two important key points :

  • The event title – “Grab ‘Em All Faster with Hotlink
  • The event is described as “a special preview

In our humble opinion, Maxis is probably just announcing a future promotion to capitalise on the Pokémon GO craze. Most likely, they will be partnering with Grab to offer free rides for Pokémon GO gamers to Pokestops.

In any case, stay tuned tomorrow morning for our live coverage on the Tech ARP Facebook page.

 

When Is Pokémon GO Launching In Malaysia?

The urgency of this announcement though is odd. It could mean that a Pokémon GO launch is imminent.

MMO Server Status actually lists Malaysia’s Pokémon GO servers as going live in 25 hours, together with Pokémon GO servers in Israel, China, Mexico, Peru, Venezuela and South Korea.

Thanks for the heads-up, Joshua Wong from The Ideal Mobile!

A cached page also revealed that Grab will offer Hotlink users FREE rides to the nearest Pokestops between 10 AM and 7 PM on Tuesday and Wednesday (August 2 and 3). This is definitely a sign that Pokémon GO is probably launching on Tuesday!

 

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Travellers Rejoice! WorldKoins Is Here To Take Your Change!

One of the most irritating aspect of travelling is ending up with loose change at the end of the trip. Money changers just won’t take them, so they end up in jars or at the bottom of your drawer. With an average of 10 million people flying internationally every single day, millions of dollars are literally “lost” every day!

Fortunately, the solution is at hand, and it’s called WorldKoins.

 

What Is WorldKoins?

WorldKoins is a new crowdsourced service that allows you to convert your unwanted change into credit that can be used to redeem gift cards, vouchers or even donate to worthy causes.

At the end of your trip, just drop all of your change with any nearby DropKoins collector. This way, you will go home with usable credit, instead of unusable change. It’s that simple!

 

How Does WorldKoins Work?

  1. Download and install the free WorldKoins mobile app from Google Play Store or the Apple App Store.
  2. Open the app and create a new WorldKoins account, or sign in (if you have already registered before).
  3. Use the WorldKoins mobile app to locate and contact nearby DropKoins collectors.
  4. Drop off your leftover change with your preferred DropKoins collector.
  5. The DropKoins collector will validate your transaction on the spot with a verification code.
  6. Your account is credited immediately, and you now make redemptions.

If you do not have sufficient credit to make redemptions, you will be glad to know that the credit have no “expiry date”. Just accumulate until you have enough to make redemptions!

 

Screenshots Of The WorldKoins Mobile App

Here are screenshots of the WorldKoins mobile app, with step-by-step instructions on the process.

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