If you recently updated your MySejahtera app to the latest version, which is 1.18, you’ve probably noticed that the app now has a little blue badge directly below your name, and on the right side of your IC number. In fact, several Malaysians who have noticed this took to Twitter to announce their discovery of the badge, although there’s just one problem: no one knows exactly why the Ministry of Health has implemented it.
If you were to visit the official download page for the MySejahtera app on both its Google Play and Apple App store, the updates log merely states that the latest version of the app provides a “Self-Reporting Module” and “Minor bug Fixes”, but conveniently avoids any mention of the new “Verified” badge.
As to how the new feature worked, our writer updated his status and saw a red badge with the words “Verify Now”, taking up the space where your name and IC number would usually be, before instantly switching back to showing the name and IC number of the user. If we were to make an educated guess, the verification status could simply be the Ministry of Health’s way of validating that the user in question is real and if they are legitimately Malaysian. That said, if you get the “Verify Now” status, then you will probably be required to go through a checklist in order to regain your validity.
On another note, the timing of this “Verified” badge comes less than a fortnight before 1 April, the date that Malaysia as a country will reopen its borders and enter into the endemic phase. So again, the validation theory does technically hold some water.