CM: Sarawak ID to manage Sarawakians’ digital identities, transactions with govt

Sarawak Legislative Assembly Sitting, November 2017

KUCHING, Nov 17: The state government is developing Sarawak Identity (Sarawak ID), a service platform where the personal information of Sarawakians can be stored digitally and retrieved securely.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said this digital platform will contain the digital identity of each citizen, where personal information of each citizen will be captured, stored and retrieved for use.

“[It] is a digital service platform built by the government where all the digital personal information of a citizen can be retrieved by the individual for the purpose of ensuring that the information is correct and in secured environment with tightly coupled audit trails for each personal data and transaction,” he said.

He said all transactions with the government will be updated, where the citizen may also request government services with the touch of a button from the integrated platform which will encompass the whole life cycle of every rakyat from birth to death.

“For this purpose, we are developing a common platform of IDs and we might called it Sarawak ID,” said Abang Johari while delivering his winding-up speech at the State Legislative Assembly today.


Abang Johari also emphasised he was fully aware of the importance of cyber security.

“In ICT development, one of the key issues of cyber security is that of the ‘back door’ when the developer builds in features that allow access to the programme for the purpose of sending information back to the developer as well as for troubleshooting from a remote location.

“This ‘back door’ therefore represents a vulnerability in the system which can be exploited by unfriendly parties or for unfriendly purposes.

“This is where the global discussion of the credibility of one infrastructure developer over another is all about. This may be a result of the intense fight for business by developers in different countries.

“In the case of Sarawak, we shall make it a policy that there should be no ‘back door’ built into our systems as part of our cyber security measures.

“This means that Sarawak must build up our own core of cyber security experts in order to ensure that we have our own local resources to build and protect our IT systems,” he said.

He said there are many frameworks that can be used to ensure that the databases are secure.

He added Sarawak must ensure that the software used are developed by its own people so that modifications and improvements can be made without having to resort to external or foreign vendors.

“I think it is all right for our people to be trained externally but we must make sure that our people are of the right calibre, both in skills and of sound mind,” he said. — DayakDaily