Latest news from MSN News.. Lots of people are talking (and raging) about the new 1Malaysia e-mail system recently announced by Prime Minister Najib Razak. Here’s a brief explanation of the project, as reported by The Star (a Malaysian paper), to clear up all the misperceptions going around.
What is it? How does it work?
If you’re 18 and above (and Malaysian, obviously), you get an e-mail account through which the government sends you statements, bills, and notices. Essentially, it’s your centralised mail box for all things official and government-ish.
Is it compulsory?
Nope, says the government’s Performance Management and Delivery Unit.
How much is it going to cost taxpayers?
Nothing. Prime Minister Najib Razak recently tweeted the following: “Before I sleep , let me clarify that the 1Malaysia E Mail is a private sector project. No public money is involved n entirely voluntary.”
Who’s behind the project?
A company called Tricubes Bhd has locked arms with Microsoft to make the project a reality.
When will it be operational?
July is the target, says Tricubes chief executive officer Khairun Zainal Mokhtar.
1Malaysia e-mail accounts for Malaysians over 18
PUTRAJAYA: Malaysians aged 18 and above will be assigned an e-mail account each to receive statements, bills and notices from the Government.
Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, who announced this yesterday, said the 1MY E-mail initiative would allow “direct and secure” communication between citizens and the Government while enhancing the delivery of government services to consumers and businesses alike.
Tricubes Bhd is collaborating with Microsoft to develop the 1Malaysia E-mail project.
The company will spearhead the private RM50mil investment that also includes the development of a web portal as a one-stop centre for government services providing value-added services such as social networking, checking of bills online and payments.
Tricubes chief executive officer Khairun Zainal Mokhtar said the company was still conducting stress tests for the website.
“Hopefully, we can get it ready by July,” he told a press conference at the fifth progress update of the Economic Transformation Programme here yesterday.
Khairun said the portal was different from the MyEG website, which focused on the payment of bills and summonses, as it would allow interaction between people and the Government.
The Performance Management and Delivery Unit, responding to queries said the 1Malaysia E-mail would not be made compulsory.
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