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Some information required by Padu unnecessary, says Radzi
Published on: Monday, March 04, 2024
By: FMT, Lynelle Tham
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Some information required by Padu unnecessary, says Radzi
Putrajaya MP Radzi Jidin said Padu should not have been launched without thoroughly explaining its benefits to the public.
Kuala Lumpur: Some of the information required by the Central Database Hub or Padu initiative is unnecessary, says Putrajaya MP Radzi Jidin.

Speaking in the Dewan Rakyat, Radzi said the public does not see the necessity for including certain information, such as income, which are already available with government agencies.

“The income records of most Malaysians are with the Inland Revenue Board (LHDN). Their question is: why didn’t the government directly include or pre-fill this information, allowing them to verify it?” he said when debating the King’s speech today.

“For those without records in LHDN, Padu should be able to identify them. And if some amendments to laws need to be made to facilitate this, why weren’t they done before launching this integrated system?”

The Bersatu MP said the people have also raised concerns regarding the disclosure of personal information related to debt and insurance.

“Even the LHDN doesn’t request data or information regarding debt. Hence, people out there are wondering why they need to fill in information about debt,” he said.

“What is the purpose of requesting this information? Will those with larger debt receive more assistance? So these things need to be explained to the people.”

Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim launched Padu on Jan 2, encouraging Malaysians to register, verify their particulars and furnish their most current socioeconomic data.

Padu automatically lists Malaysians in its database based on data from various government agencies. The government has set a deadline of March 31 for citizens to register and update their information on Padu.

According to the statistics department, only 3.08 million of the 30.08 million Malaysians automatically registered by their system have signed up and verified their details on Padu as of Feb 13.

In the Dewan Rakyat, Radzi went on to say that people were also seeking clarity on the benefits of registering with Padu.

“It is hard for me to answer their questions on the benefits they will obtain, the form of assistance, the conditions they need to meet and how much they will receive,” he said.

As such, Radzi said Padu should not have been launched until the public had a thorough understanding of the system’s benefits.

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