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Rafizi Ramli Assures No Annual Payments to Private Providers in Padu Initiative

Economy Minister Rafizi Ramli has unequivocally refuted assertions of wasteful spending associated with the government’s Central Database Hub, known as Padu. Addressing concerns, Rafizi clarified that Padu’s implementation does not involve annual payments to private system providers, emphasizing its complete ownership by the government. The initiative, developed collaboratively by civil servants from the Ministry of Economy, the Statistics Department, and the Malaysian Administrative Modernisation and Management Planning Unit, stands as a testament to the government’s commitment to self-sufficiency in technology development.

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Government-Owned and Efficient: Padu’s Strength Lies in Public Servants’ Expertise

Rafizi underscored the strength of Padu, highlighting that its creation relied solely on the expertise and efforts of public servants, excluding external consultants and contractors. This approach, he argued, ensures a more cost-effective and streamlined development process. In a post on social media, Rafizi stated, “For me, the strength of Padu lies in the involvement of the collective expertise and efforts of public servants, not external consultants and contractors.”

60% Ready for Public Access: A Milestone in Government Database Systems

In a significant update, Rafizi announced that Padu is 60% ready for public access, with plans to allow verification of personal information commencing January 2024. The initiative aims to establish the most comprehensive government database, facilitating fairer distribution of targeted subsidies and reducing the vulnerability of marginalized risk groups. Rafizi assured that the development of Padu has been achieved within existing allocations and infrastructure, eliminating the need for a new tender in the private sector and averting additional expenditures.

Acknowledging Public Servants: Padu’s Development a Showcase of Efficiency

Expressing gratitude to the public servants involved, Rafizi commended their dedication to Padu’s development since May. He praised the efficiency of the public sector, highlighting that the success of Padu would usher in significant changes in public service delivery. Rafizi acknowledged the challenges ahead for the core team managing Padu but emphasized that any praise for the initiative rightfully belongs to the diligent efforts of public servants.

In conclusion, Rafizi Ramli’s assurance of a fiscally responsible approach to Padu’s development underscores the government’s commitment to harnessing internal expertise for technological advancements, setting a precedent for efficient and cost-effective public initiatives.