Selangor Journal
Members of the public holding up Touch N’ Go cards after registering, during the Central Database Hub’s (Padu) launch at the Putrajaya International Convention Centre, on January 2, 2024. — Picture by BERNAMA

Those not registering in Padu may miss out on aid, subsidies — Deputy minister

KUALA LUMPUR, March 20 — The Dewan Rakyat was informed that individuals who do not register in the Main Database (Padu) system might risk missing out on government aid and subsidies.

Deputy Economy Minister Datuk Hanifah Hajar Taib said the government can nonetheless utilise alternative methods like integrating administrative data from various public sector agencies to channel aid to such individuals.

“As of March 12, Padu has integrated 314 sets of data from various agencies to form comprehensive individual profiles. This includes information on 8.6 million applicants for the Rahmah Cash Aid Scheme (STR) for B40 Malaysian citizens.

“Therefore, the government calls upon all parties to support and cooperate in increasing the Padu registration,” she said during the question-and-answer session in Dewan Rakyat today.

Hanifah was addressing a question from Batang Lupar MP Mohamad Shafizan Kepli, who sought information on alternatives available to individuals unable to register in Padu for various reasons, and inquired about assurances regarding their access to the facilities and assistance provided.

The deputy minister said that while registration with Padu is not obligatory, it is strongly encouraged for citizens aged 18 and above, noting that as of yesterday, nearly 6.03 million or 27.4 percent of citizens and permanent residents in Malaysia have already registered with the system.

To boost registration and updates, the government has set up Padu counters at various locations, including 911 Digital Economic Centres (PEDi), 27 Urban Transformation Centres (UTC) and Rural Transformation Centres (RTC), as well as health offices, Parliamentary service offices, and state assemblymen’s offices.

As for data security, she assured that the government diligently implements measures to safeguard it, adhering to guidelines and processes spearheaded by the National Digital Agency, encompassing critical security protocols to ensure the protection of data stored within the Padu system, all under the supervision of the Department of Statistics Malaysia.

“We adhere to security features outlined by international bodies including the Open Worldwide Application Security Project, Top 10 National Institute of Standards and Technology, and the Centre for Internet Security.

“In terms of network parameters, we employ integrated access ecosystems via state-of-the-art security technology, including authentication systems and intrusion prevention systems, Web Application Firewalls, and Audit Trails,” Hanifah said.

— Bernama

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