PM: Economy minister to clarify Padu registration issue at next Cabinet meeting

From left: Abang Johari, Anwar, and Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof engage in a discussion. (Photo credit: AFIQ HAMBALI/Prime Minister's Office)

By DayakDaily Team

KUCHING, March 24: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has stated that Economy Minister Rafizi Ramli has been asked to address the Central Database Hub (Padu) registration issue at the Cabinet meeting next week.

Anwar noted that this came after Sarawak Premier Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg expressed concerns about the system, according to national news agency Bernama.

“Yesterday I had a discussion with the Premier of Sarawak and he voiced some concerns and raised some questions. Accordingly, the Minister of Economy was asked to examine the issue and provide an explanation to the Cabinet,” he was quoted as saying in the news report.

The Prime Minister made the remarks when asked to comment on the call by the Sarawak government to delay the registration and updating of information on Padu in the State.

Anwar was met by reporters after a walkabout at the Mahkota Square Ramadan Bazaar in Kuantan on Saturday (March 23). The Pahang Menteri Besar, Datuk Seri Wan Rosdy Wan Ismail, was also present.

Bernama also reported that based on media reports on Saturday, the Ministry of Economy will meet with the Sarawak government next week to discuss Padu issues.

Rafizi was reported to have stated that the directive to suspend Padu registration was intended to allow the Sarawak government to obtain clarification from the Ministry of Economy in response to views expressed at the state Cabinet meeting.

Meanwhile, in response to the request that the government provide special financial assistance to civil servants and pensioners in conjunction with Aidilfitri, Anwar, who is also the Finance minister, stated that an RM2,000 incentive for civil servants was recently given.

“We just approved (an) RM2,000 (incentive), then in a few months (later) we will pass the remuneration scheme (Civil Service Remuneration System) to increase salaries, so we have to look at it in that context,” he explained.

The Congress of Unions of Employees in the Public and Civil Services (Cuepacs) recently requested that the government continue the Raya assistance programme, which had been in place for the previous 10 years. — DayakDaily