The PADU central database hub is a system that contains individual and household profiles of citizens and permanent residents in Malaysia¹². It was launched by the Prime Minister on January 2, 2024². The purpose of PADU is to provide the government with accurate and updated data for policy making, decision making, and subsidy distribution¹⁴. PADU integrates data from various sources, such as ministries, federal agencies, state governments, and statutory bodies⁴.

Malaysians over 18 years old are encouraged to register and update their information in PADU through the online portal or offline forms⁵. PADU is expected to improve the efficiency, effectiveness, and fairness of public service delivery¹⁴.

What are the benefits of PADU?

According to the official website of the Ministry of Economy1, PADU is a voluntary system and users can opt out of it at any time. However, users who opt out of PADU will not be eligible for any targeted subsidies, assistance, or social protection that are based on the PADU system2 .

Users who wish to opt out of PADU can do so by filling up an online form or visiting the nearest PADU service center. Users who opt out of PADU can still access other government services that are not linked to PADU.

What is the information contained within PADU?

There are a total of 8 main sections within PADU which include:

  • Basic personal information
  • Address and home types
  • Education
  • Household members’ personal information
  • Current work
  • Income for the past 12 months
  • Monthly financial commitment
  • Government aid for the past 12 months

The Chief Statistician of Malaysia, Dr Mohd Uzir Mahidin said that it takes an average of 25 minutes to fill up all the data fields listed in PADU. This is based on a user profile who is a head of a household with two children.


PADU’s interface is currently only available in Bahasa Malaysia which does not come as a surprise since it is meant only for Malaysians.

As noted earlier, PADU is supposed to pull data from more than 400 government agencies. So, we expected that most of the fields would already be populated when we logged into the system.

Not to forget, make sure that you press the Simpan button to save your input whenever you update your details inside the PADU system.

No edits are allowed once you submit your update.

READ ALSO: Cybersecurity experts say Padu needs threat assessments to uncover overlooked vulnerabilities

(1) PADU: Here’s what you need to know about the new Central Database Hub.
(2) Central Database Hub (Padu) is now live.
(3) PANGKALAN DATA UTAMA (PADU) | Portal Rasmi Kementerian Ekonomi.
(4) Malaysians Over 18 Can Register Their Details In PADU Starting 2 ….
(5) Here’s how Malaysia’s central database hub can be compromised by cybercriminals.
(6) Rafizi: Central database system Padu is 60pc complete, on track for ….

To reach the My Money Insights editorial team on your feedback, story ideas and pitches, contact us here.