Despite having spent millions building the contact tracing application, SafeEntry, it stopped working when contact tracing is required during an actual incident.
The app is created by the son of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Li Hong Yi, who sits as Deputy Director at the Government Technology Agency. His father then demanded the system be adopted at over 16,000 venues.
Yesterday, the Ministry of Health was unable to find records of patrons who entered a supermarket and a food court at the same time with infected COVID-19 carriers.
Details were instead published on the state media with an advice telling people to self-monitor their health:
“20 May, 1630-1800, Jurong Point (1 Jurong West Central 2), NTUC Fairprice
21 May, 1730-1830, Jurong Point (1 Jurong West Central 2), Shokutsu Ten Japanese Food Street
As a precautionary measure, persons who had been at these locations during the specified timings should monitor their health closely for 14 days from their date of visit.”
The government did not contact any of the shoppers who registered themselves at the SafeEntry app point, which started on May 12. The PAP dictatorship mandated NRIC number and details be recorded at entry to supermarkets, taxis and offices among other places in a list.
Minister Lawrence Wong has earlier claimed that SafeEntry is effective for contact tracing:
“Employees and visitors should check in and check out of workplaces and other venues using SafeEntry to help our contact tracers establish cluster links and transmission chains.”