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PADU: Everything You Need To Know About This Central Database Hub

In the ever-evolving landscape of digital governance, Malaysia has taken a significant stride with the introduction of Pangkalan Data Utama (PADU), its new Central Database Hub. This initiative marks a critical phase in the country's digital transformation journey, focusing on enhancing data accuracy and policy decision-making. 

In this article, we will explore the intricacies of PADU, its operational mechanisms, the registration process, and the implications it holds for Malaysians.

Everything You Need To Know About PADU

What is PADU?

Pangkalan Data Utama (PADU) is Malaysia's latest step in digital transformation, addressing the need for comprehensive and accurate data in policymaking. 

Developed collaboratively by the Ministry of Economy, the Department of Statistics (DOSM), and the Malaysian Administrative Modernisation and Management Planning Unit, PADU consolidates data from over 400 government agencies. 

It aims to offer a detailed overview of national household income, thereby enhancing the accuracy of targeted subsidies and social protection programs​​​.

How does PADU work?

PADU functions by integrating data from various government sources to create a more accurate and detailed household income assessment. 

This system is crucial for fair subsidy distribution, allowing the government to tailor its programs based on household disposable income. PADU's advanced data analysis helps identify households eligible for subsidies, ensuring effective allocation and prevention of misuse​​​.

Who is eligible to register for PADU?

PADU registration is open to Malaysian citizens and permanent residents aged 18 and above. The process is voluntary, encouraging public participation for a more comprehensive database​​​.

Is there a deadline to register for PADU?

Yes, there is a registration window. 

PADU's registration period is from January 2 to March 31, 2024. This timeframe allows individuals to verify and update their socioeconomic information conveniently​​.

Is it compulsory to register for PADU?

Registration for PADU is not compulsory

However, existing government records might be outdated, which could affect your eligibility for future aid or subsidies. Economy Minister Rafizi Ramli emphasizes that the decision to update information on PADU is at the individual's discretion​.

What will happen if I don’t register for PADU?

If you choose not to register or update your details in PADU, your existing information will remain unchanged. However, outdated information might impact your eligibility for government aid or subsidies, such as the upcoming RON95 petrol subsidy program​​​.

How to register for PADU?

Registration for PADU involves a two-step process: 

Step 1: Provide basic personal information (full name, MyKad number, postcode, and mobile phone number) 

Step 2: Complete an Electronic Know Your Customer (eKYC) verification via a web browser. 

For rural residents without internet access, manual registration is available through government outreach teams, DOSM’s state offices, and Pusat Ekonomi Digital (PEDi) centres​​​.

Should you register for PADU?

With the recent news of some vulnerabilities in PADU’s system, I personally think that I’m going to give it some time before registering for it. And since the deadline is not until March, I think that’s more than sufficient time to let the system smooth out and let the hype die down a little.

I will still be registering for it (and I recommend you do the same) not only because of the subsidies but also because I believe that this central database hub can pave the way for other digital advancements which will further enhance the future of policymaking in Malaysia.

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