LegCo member pushes ‘smart card’

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THE government should consider adopting a ‘universal card’ that contains all important information as part of the nation’s Digital Government Strategy 2015-2020.

During the 12th Legislative Council (LegCo) session yesterday, Yang Berhormat Hj Awang Ahmad Morshidi Pehin Orang Kaya Digadong Seri Diraja Dato Laila Utama Hj Awang Abdul Rahman proposed for all important information such as the details of identity card, passport , driver’s license and records under Bru-HIMS to be combined in a single database for user’s convenience, particularly the elderly.

“When can all these data be consolidated into one smart card so users can easily manage their affairs?”

“Even though the elderly population is expected to live longer, when people age so does their memory,” said the LegCo member, suggesting for the government to come up with an ‘all-in-one’ smart card.

In response to this, Minister of Energy and Industry at the Prime Minister’s Office, YB Pehin Datu Singamanteri Colonel (Rtd) Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Hj Mohammad Yasmin Hj Umar said as part of the government’s effort in improving the government’s digital strategy 2015-2020 and in making services simpler, faster and more accessible, security measures must also be taken into account.

He said currently, there is a lot of duplication and unorganised data since every government agency has their own laws and acts.

As a way to further improve the government’s digital strategy 2015-2020, the universal access for government systems was launched in June last year, a programme that seeks to produce a universal identity.

Having a universal identity for each citizen and business will ease public access to government services. This universally accepted identity will also enable the government to obtain a holistic view of citizens and businesses, enabling the government to better anticipate their needs and requirements.

The minister said, however, that more and thorough research must be done with the cooperation of relevant agencies.

YB Pehin Dato Hj Mohd Yasmin said that the government also needs to take into account the security of private data when undertaking research.

The Brunei Times