The prime minister’s announced today that every adult Malaysian will be given a 1 Malaysia email account and it is going to cost taxpayer RM50 million!! However, after much online protest, Pemandu has clarified that the government will not be financing the 1 Malaysia email account and that it would not be made compulsory.
It seems to imply that Tricubes Bhd which is in danger of being delisted from Bursa Malaysia due to financial irregularities, will finance the project. But where do they get the money from?
It is understood that the account is also part of a new one-stop web portal for government services, which will include social networking features as well as online bill payment and citizen application facilities.
I have free top notch e-mail accounts from google and hotmail. We have top notch free Friendster and Facebook. Now, our PM think that this new product is going to be better than google and hotmail or he has some other agenda? What do you think?
Further reports can be obtained from The Malaysian Insider and Malaysiakini here and here.