Malaysia app for tourists’ safety


A new Malaysia mobile application looks for more tourists safety when visits the country.

Tourism Malaysia director-general Datuk Seri Mirza Mohammad Taiyab said in Kuala Lumpur the application that could be downloaded on Google Play Store and Apple App Store was developed by the digital technology company, Jana Tiga Holdings Sdn Bhd.

“This app called “My Tourist Assist” allows tourists to get assistance from the authorities in case of an emergency situation whereby an emergency or SOS button will connect the user directly to the authorities”  the director-general added in statements to the local press.

He described as “vital” that the app works even when the user does not have Internet access and if an emergency signal is sent and the location of the users can be tracked through the technology.

Jana Tiga Holdings Sdn Bhd also signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Malaysian National News Agency (Bernama) to disseminate news for the convenience of foreign tourists visiting the country through the application. The MoU was signed by Wong and Bernama editor-in-chief Datuk Zakaria Abdul Wahab.

Wong said through the application, tourists could access the news and information being channelled through the Bernama portal.

“If tourists want to keep abreast of the latest news outside and within the country, they can use the application and news provided by Bernama,” he said.

The Malaysian National News Agency abbreviated Bernama, is own by the government of Malaysia. It is an autonomous body placed under the Ministry of Communication and Multimedia.

The director-general of Tourism Malaysia said the application has various other functions, including essential services such as hospital, pharmacies, police, automated teller machines (ATM) and embassy locations.

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