Selangor Journal
Chief Statistician Datuk Mohd Uzir Mahidin (left) shakes hands with SELangkah Ventures Sdn Bhd’s information chief Dr Helmi Zakariah, representing the Selangor government, after the signing of the MoU to share user information. Looking on is Selangor Menteri Besar Dato’ Seri Amirudin Shari (centre) at the Selangor State Secretariat Building in Shah Alam on April 3, 2024. — Picture by REMY ARIFIN/SELANGORKINI

Selangor inks MoU with Padu to share state agencies’ data

By Danial Dzulkifly

SHAH ALAM, April 3 – The Selangor administration has inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Central Database Hub (Padu) to facilitate the exchange of information from its state agencies with the Federal database.

Under the terms of the MoU, the state government will share data from its SELangkah application, consisting of some 3.7 million records of 66,216 subsidy recipients, with Padu, subject to the terms and conditions of use.

The effort also marks Selangor the first state government to ink an MoU with Padu on data sharing.

Speaking at the MoU signing this morning, Menteri Besar Dato’ Seri Amirudin Shari said he believes that in the future, more data on aid recipients in Selangor can be shared with Padu and indirectly help the Federal government in the formulation or implementation of national policies.

“The state government hopes that this data sharing initiative is not one-off and that this cooperation can be continued for the benefit of all Malaysians in general and the residents of Selangor in particular,’’ he said.

Acknowledging concerns over data privacy, Amirudin also explained that the initiative today involved data sharing between G2G (government to government) and does not breach any provisions under the Personal Data Protection Act (PDPA).

“This is (information) sharing between G2G, where it is meant to complement each other and I do not think it would breach any aspects (under PDPA),’’ he said prior to the MoU signing held at the state administrative building, here today.

Amirudin said that the initial data that will be shared includes information on recipients of state aid schemes such as Bantuan Kehidupan Sejahtera Selangor (Bingkas), Selangor State Trust Scheme (Asas), Selangor Mental Health (Sehat), Selangor Saring, and MamaKerja.

Similarly, data from state owned central database, SelGDX, can also be used as a cross-agency data sharing platform in the future, said Amirudin.

The MoU was signed between Selangor Ventures Sdn Bhd, which operates the SELangkah app on behalf of the state government, and the Statistics Department, representing Padu.

As of the March 31 deadline, Selangor’s Padu registrations have reached 1.89 million people or 44.5 per cent of its target registration of 4.24 million people.

To boost Padu registration, the state government has undertaken several initiatives. Among these efforts include setting up 3,221 physical counters across the state from January 2 to March 31. 

The state government also collaborated with the Economy Ministry to conduct engagement sessions with community leaders. 

Also present at the MoU signing was Chief Statistician Datuk Mohd Uzir Mahidin, Selangor state secretary Dato’ Setia Haris Kasim, state legal advisor Datuk Salim Soib@Hamid and state financial officer Datuk Ahmad Fadzli Ahmad Tajuddin.

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