Customers registering as ‘Batman’, ‘Superman’, says minister

Customers are required to register their names and numbers for contact tracing purposes as part of relaxed restrictions under the conditional movement control order.

PUTRAJAYA: Senior Minister for Security Ismail Sabri Yaakob today claimed that some patrons are providing fake names and numbers when registering at business premises such as restaurants as required under the conditional movement control order.

“I am made to understand that some write ‘Superman’ or ‘Batman’.

“If anything happens, we cannot contact them,” he said during his daily briefing when asked whether businesses were allowed to take down the MyKad numbers of customers.

He said some also registered as “Badang”, a legendary strongman from Malay folklore.

He said the government only requires these businesses to register the names and numbers of customers for contact tracing purposes if a Covid-19 case is detected.

He urged Malaysians to register their actual names and telephone numbers, saying it will otherwise be difficult to contact them if the need arises.

“It will be very difficult for a restaurant owner if he sees ‘Superman’ (registered as a customer). Who is he? And the number is fake.

“In the end, those who do not provide their real names and numbers will be in trouble.”

He added that there was no need for people to provide their MyKad numbers and home address.

On a separate matter, Ismail said the government would seek the attorney-general’s advice on possible action against parents who bring their children to crowded places like shopping malls or supermarkets.

He said he would discuss with the National Security Council and health ministry  on possibly amending the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act (Act 342) for this purpose.

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