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Anwar became the first person in the country to register for a Digital ID

Anwar became the first person in the country to register for a Digital ID. Photo: BERNAMA

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim today registered with the National Digital Identity or Digital ID, making him the first person in Malaysia to have the Digital ID facility, at the Perdana Putra building in Putrajaya.

Digital ID is a digital platform of identification and verification of individuals that will benefit the public and private sectors in verifying the identity of users when carrying out online transactions.

The Digital ID does not replace the existing MyKad system but offers a trusted, secure platform for online identity verification, mitigating risks related to identity fraud. Anwar, who also holds the role of Finance Minister, embracing this system is anticipated to bolster public trust in its safety and transparency.

On November 21, Anwar announced an immediate allocation of RM80 million to MIMOS Berhad, the country’s research and development agency. This funding aims to expedite the Digital ID implementation, foster digital transformation, and propel initiatives concerning digital engagement with government entities.

Furthermore, Anwar highlighted that Digital ID serves as a foundational step towards targeted subsidies and enhanced facilities, both from government departments and private sectors, aimed at benefiting citizens. – BERNAMA

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