Taking an inspiration from the Aadhaar initiative of India, Malaysia plans on brining a change in the national identity card system for the targeting the delivery of government subsidies and welfare schemes for avoiding fraud and duplicity, the policy of the Azmin ministry.
During the visit of Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi to Kuala Lumpur in the month of May, he offered the Premier Mahathir Mohamad of Malaysia collaboration regarding the matter in which India has some expertise. This includes the Aadhaar initiative as told by the M Kula Segaran, the Minister of Human Resource of Malaysia.
The Malaysian Cabinet has agreed on collaborating with Kula Segaran led delegation which consists of country’s central bank officers, economic affairs ministry, finance ministry, and also the human resource ministry. The delegations have met officials and ministers. As a matter of fact, they have explored if certain features of the Aadhaar system of India can be adopted in Malaysia.
Kula Segaran has said that they have made CEO of UIDAO, the Unique Identification Authority of India, Ajay Bhusan Pandey. He said that they have identification card but with the system they mainly aim to prevent the duplicity of payment. They plan on targeting specific groups.
When asked whether Malaysia was exploring if it can link the bank accounts to the identity cards like that of the Aadhaar system for the target delivery of subsidies and welfare schemes, he has answered in affirmative. Also, he had been asked if Malaysia might face problems of the opposition of people regarding the privacy concerns as India had done. Kula Segaran mentioned that there is a possibility and the work was to know what can be the workable format to adopt from India. However, he said that there shouldn’t be much of problem in Malaysia as identity cards with personal information has been there for a long time.