Padu’s data requirements too personal to be shared, says Putrajaya MP

KUALA LUMPUR: Certain information required by the Central Database Hub (Padu) system, such as debts and loans are too personal to be shared on any public domain, says Putrajaya MP Datuk Dr Mohd Radzi Jidin.

According to Radzi, Padu requires information on housing loans, vehicle loans, education loans, personal loans, health and education insurance.

“Malaysians are asking if they need to disclose their debts. Will those with high debts be entitled to more welfare? This should be clarified,” said Mohd Radzi during his speech on the Motion of Thanks on the Royal Address on Monday (March 4).

Radzi also said many Malaysians are curious about what benefits they will get if they register with Padu.

“If there are targeted subsidies, then what forms of help will they receive?” asked Radzi.

Radzi said there are 39 points of information required by Padu, and many Malaysians do not see the need to disclose such information as it is available with the relevant ministries and agencies.

“For example, the Inland Revenue Board has the income records of Malaysians. They are asking why the government is not including the information (in Padu) or ‘pre-filling’ the information,” said Radzi.

“If some amendments are needed to facilitate this, then why wasn’t it done before Padu was launched," he added.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim launched Padu on Jan 2 and as of March 2, about 4 million Malaysians have signed up.

“This figure is around 18% of the 21.97 million Malaysians aged 18 and above. This is considered too low,” said Radzi.

He also asked regarding the principal agency that would verify the data uploaded on Padu.

“Say 21 million Malaysians above 18 years old have registered for Padu. 75% of these 21 million Malaysians have filled in data about five types of loans and insurance.

“This means there will be 78.75 million data points that must be verified. Who will verify this data? Will the government receive this data without verification?” asked Radzi.

Padu registration is open to the public from Jan 2 to March 31.

Users can update and verify 30 personal details such as household number, residential address and IC number among others.

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