MANY SCEPTICAL HOW NATIONAL DIGITAL ID INITIATIVE WOULD PAN OUT, SURVEY SAYS

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 25: Over half of the folks polled here said they worry of personal data infringement with the introduction of National Digital ID (National ID), according to a survey by UCSI
Poll Research Centre.

While expressing fear of the implementation process, more than 50% of them welcomed the step that was recently announced by Putrajaya.

In the survey conducted between September 16 and 24, 65.7% of the 916 people were concern that their data would be stolen.

Close to 60% of them feared of online scamming, hackers and other internet security concerns.

Operational wise, a total of 39.7% of the respondents expect the application process to be a tedious one while 31.8% of them foresee hidden charges from using National ID.

Only 38% of the respondents showed confidence of the upcoming move that is spearheaded by Ministry of Communications and Multimedia.

In contrast, 39.7% of them were neither confident nor unconfident; 13.9% were unconfident; and 3.4% were extremely unconfident.

“National ID would respond well to the people’s need because the poll shows that the rakyat welcomes the introduction of this initiatives.

“However, they still remain sceptical of accepting the digital innovation. The government and civil society should mobilise a strategic operation to engage the public along with the government’s long view
and ultimate goal to leave no one behind through the National ID,” he said.

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