PHOTO - Malaysian PM Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
KUALA LUMPUR, 25 APRIL 2011 - Part of the Malaysian government's economic transformation programme (ETP) will give every Malaysian an official free e-mail account, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
The 1Malaysia e-mail project, one of seven projects under the Economic Transformation Programme (ETP), has been assessed by the Performance Management and Delivery Unit (Pemandu) and will be entirely funded by the private sector, said Najib. "Participation is voluntary and people are free to opt out of the programme."
He added that Malaysians aged 18 and above would be assigned a 1Malaysia e-mail account, which would help secure communication between Malaysians and government services.
Under the proposal, local technology firm Tricubes would lead a RM50 million [US$16.6 million] investment that would allow the creation and running of a web portal for government services with additional functions such as online bill payments.
Government ICT agency Multimedia Development Corporation [MDeC] chief executive officer Datuk Badlisham Ghazali welcomed the proposal and said that the e-mail initiative would encourage growth in local services and applications.
Listed on Bursa Malaysia [Malaysian stock exchange] Tricubes, which offers identity verification, which included the use of the national IC card, among its services, has more than 170 organisations as customers including government agencies such as the Royal Malaysian Police, Kuala Lumpur City Hall and the Road Transport Department.
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