PETALING JAYA: The government’s new Central Database Hub (Padu) to be launched on Jan 2 will not be integrated with bank information systems, economy minister Rafizi Ramli said today.
At a press conference on Padu, he said the law does not permit sharing of data from the country’s banking system.
“The Financial Services Act does not allow any such sharing,” he said when asked to respond to public concerns on whether banking data will be integrated with the Padu system, Bernama reported.
Padu is a comprehensive database that integrates data from various parts of the government. Rafizi said the system was developed entirely by civil servants from the economy ministry, the statistics department and Mampu (the Malaysian administrative modernisation and management planning unit of the Prime Minister’s Department).
It also involved collaboration with various other agencies.
Rafizi gave several examples of the data integration, such as personal data from the national registration department, information from the ministries of education and higher education, and address information from utility companies such as Tenaga Nasional and water supply operators.
Padu also collaborates with the private sector to encourage the public to register and update their data in the system.
He said Touch ‘n Go will offer free near field communication cards to the first 3,000 registrants, while Mydin hypermarket will offer purchase discounts to those who have registered with the system.
Rafizi encouraged more retailers and services to participate in the Padu system “to ride on the focus and excitement about Padu for the next few months without using government money”.
Padu would be “open to any third party who wants to use it to get more crowds to your store or use digital service”, Rafizi was quoted as saying.