MAMPU launches Government Central Data Exchange with 10 agencies on board
On January 15, Bernama reported that the Malaysian Administrative Modernization and Management Planning Unit (MAMPU) did a soft launch of the Government Central Data Exchange (MyGDX). Government agencies frequently need to tap on data from other public sector organisations for effective delivery of digital services. MyGDX will serve as a centralised platform providing data brokerage services and enabling seamless sharing of data across government agencies.
Initially, ten government agencies are participating in MyGDX, including the Public Services Department, National Registration Department, Social Welfare Department, Malaysian Examinations Council and National Higher Education Fund Corporation.
Bernama quoted the Director General of Mampu, Dato’ Dr. Mazlan Yusoff as saying that MyGDX would enable information to be coordinated and shared across agencies more efficiently, hence taking public service delivery to greater heights. It will also reduce the duplication of infrastructure and ensure that data is obtained from the most authentic sources, with the agencies complementing information available in each other’s database.
MyGDX is thus a key enabler and catalyst for the delivery of truly citizen-centric services. To deliver citizen-centric services, MAMPU is currently developing the Government Online Services Gateway (GOSG) Project, a whole-of-government service portal, intended to serve as a one-stop point for the public to access any government service. MAMPU is also working to introduce life event content and services into MyGov portal, so that bundled services are delivered to citizens at key moments of their lives, rather than them having to approach government agencies individually. The implementation is being done in a cluster-by-cluster fashion, with the four identified clusters being education, business, welfare and health.
Dr. Suhazimah Binti Dzazali, Deputy Director General ICT, talked about the development of this data exchange hub in her last conversation with OpenGov. She gave the example of the Road Transport Department needs to exchange data with 16 other private and government agencies in order to administer Road Tax or for the registration of a vehicle and said, “We foresee many business cases throughout the government or public sector in Malaysia that require many-to-many exchange of data.” She also talked about a second key enabler, a National registry, which would essentially be the national registry for all residents of Malaysia, including citizens, Permanent Residents of Malaysia, temporary visitors, foreign workers or expatriates. This would eliminate repetitive entry of data across government offices.