Low Padu registrations problematic for Putrajaya, says academic

KUALA LUMPUR: An economist has warned that the low number of Central Database Hub (Padu) registrations may make it challenging for the government to target aid initiatives better.

Universiti Teknologi MARA, faculty of business and management senior lecturer Dr Mohamad Idham Md Razak said it was concerning that only 3.43 million people have ahead of the March 31 deadline for registrations.

Of the 3.43 million who have registered in Padu, which will serve as a central database to guide policy formulation including targeted subsidies and cash aid, 1.2 million are civil servants.

"Low registration rates may result in inadequate data collection, making it challenging for policymakers to accurately assess program impacts and make informed decisions for future planning and improvement," Idham told the New Straits Times.

"Worse, the government initiatives also may fail to achieve their intended outcomes and impact if they do not reach a significant portion of the target population, resulting in wasted effort and taxpayer money."

Idham said if the government cannot properly address the needs of the lower-income group, it could lead to widening income inequality.

"Low participation rates could result in resource misallocation and inefficiencies in program delivery, ultimately undermining the effectiveness of government initiatives."

Idham said there were concerns over the security of data and this could deter people from registering for Padu.

As such, he said the government should ramp up efforts to reassure the public of the safety of their data.

"In addition, clear communication regarding the usage, storage, and protection of personal information on Padu should be provided, ensuring compliance with relevant data protection regulations."

Idham also suggested including a feedback mechanism within Padu to gather input from users regarding their registration experience and suggestions for improvement.

"Moreover, they can simplify the registration process to make it more user-friendly and accessible, particularly for individuals with limited digital literacy.

"Providing clear instructions, multilingual support, and assistance centers for those requiring help navigating the registration platform would be beneficial."

Earlier today, Communications Minister Fahmi Fadzil said the government was ramping up efforts to increase Padu registrations through collaboration with various agencies.

Fahmi, who is also the government spokesman, said organisations like Komuniti Madani will play a pivotal role in raising awareness and driving Padu registration among communities nationwide.

TAGS: Padu, registrations, government, March 31, economist

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