Budget 2022: Digital First Programme to push cloud computing as part of public sector's digital transformation

PETALING JAYA: The MyDigital initiative aims to spur the digital transformation of the civil service, with 80% of its operations to be stored on the cloud by 2022 in line with a push towards cloud computing.

To that end, the Digital First Programme was announced as part of Budget 2022, with the goal of increasing the use of cloud computing in the public sector, thereby reducing the use of physical storage and inculcating a paperless culture.

The National Digital Identity (NDI) project was also set to start next year, where the identity verification platform would enable various transactions to be conducted digitally and safely.

Bernama recently quoted Home Minister Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainudin as saying the NDI is to be fully implemented by 2024.

He said it would not replace the MyKad, but instead be a form of digital identification and self-authentication for individuals, using biometric technology like fingerprint, facial or iris recognition.

The project is also aimed at preventing identity fraud online.

The MyDigital initiative was launched on Feb 19 as a blueprint for the digital economy, which is expected to create 500,000 new jobs and contribute 22.6% to Malaysia’s gross domestic product by 2025.

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