Malaysia targets mid-2019 for ID card


Malaysia's Communications and Multimedia Ministry is planning a digital ID system for the nation by mid-2019, reports local media.

Minister Gobind Singh Deo said his department plans to create a "trusted and verifiable platform", reports the Sun Daily.

The minister pointed out that another example would be that the government and agencies could deliver targeted subsidies efficiently via an eWallet account that has been registered using the national digital ID.

Gobind Singh said the national digital ID has many merits and would be an integral and crucial platform for the digital government initiative.

"An official identity document is in our nation's DNA. It is a necessity due to national security needs, and later becomes an integral part of the administration and our national identity.

"It also performs a certain function – that of a platform of trust. When one holds his or her MyKad, one has a sense of pride of being Malaysian," he said.

Gobind Singh said that in the current digital era, consumers cannot use the identity card but a digital identification which several developing countries were already using.

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