Wee (front row, centre) with Qmunity public relations officer Jimsley Lim (front row, third left) and others during the distribution of QR codes to vendors at India Street Pedestrian Mall. Photos: Ramidi Subari

KUCHING: Some 62 vendors from India Street Pedestrian Mall received their QR codes from Qmunity Group at India Street here on Monday (August 10).

President of India Street Pedestrian Mall, Datuk Wee Hong Seng, said the vendors requested for QR codes from the tracking application so that it is easier for shoppers to enter their shop.

“The application was launched in early April and since then, the growing numbers of users show that it is very well established and there are still people requesting for the QR code.

“The application is also user-friendly and most people in Sarawak are getting used to the application,” he told reporters before the distribution of QR codes.

“As of today, the application has very close to 400,000 users and about 10,000 premises have been using Qmunity for their customers.

“Not only that, the team will also go to all the shops that have not registered for Qmunity and for those who already submitted theirs, the team will hand over the QR code right away after registering.”

Wee (left) distributing a QR code to one of the shops at the India Street Pedestrian Mall.

Besides that, Wee — who is also the mayor of Kuching South City Council (MBKS) — highlighted that the Qmunity team will also move around up to Carpenter Street and others to assist shops that do not have the QR code.

“This tracking application is for the purpose of saving lives, especially when it comes to contact tracing for patients,” he explained.

Wee also stated that the role of the council is to support and help the state government — such as helping and assisting the State Health Department with the request for databases when it comes to contact-tracing.

“Our Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg stressed that the safety and lives of Sarawakians are currently top priority,” he added.

When asked about plans on making Qmunity mandatory, Wee commented that the government does not any initiative on it.

“After the launching by our chief minister, it may be mandatory for Kuchingnites as the application is for the safety of everyone,” he said.

Wee (second left) distributing QR codes to shops at the India Street Pedestrian Mall.