Mulling on 1Malaysia e-mail…

Posted on April 27, 2011


Recently, I’ve been hearing something about a 1Malaysia e-mail for all us 1Malaysians.

It’s supposed to be free (which means the government’s not paying for it) but then again some people are saying it’s not really free (which means WE ARE paying for it).

I don’t understand why we need another e-mail, but since the Federal Government wants to introduce it to make our lives better, I’m willing to give it the benefit of the doubt.

First of all, I believe we’re not forced to get this 1Malaysia e-mail.

I don’t think anyone will stuff it down your throat if you don’t want it.

So if you’re not happy about the 1Malaysia e-mail, just don’t sign up for it. Period.

Secondly, I think it will make our life more convenient, especially when dealing with the government agencies.

Actually, I have no idea if this is true, but I guess that’s the whole idea of this e-mail project, isnt’ it?

Income tax assessment and summons notices, and what- have-you…all sent to this 1Malaysia e-mail, supposedly.

As for the criticism about the 50 sen charge for every e-mail sent…yeah, I thought that was a bit weird, as well.

With all the free e-mail services available out there, who would want to spend more money just to send e-mail?

There was another criticism about the project…about it being funded by Mavcap (a government agency)…since the PM has assured that the government won’t be footing the bill for this.

Well, this is another thing that you shouldn’t be stressed out about because getting funding from Mavcap means having to pay back whatever funding you got in the first place.

As for government agencies using the service to send out e-mails to people, which also means spending 50 sen per e-mail, I guess if they want to reach out to people more effectively, why not?

I don’t see any harm in it if it reaches the intended audience, instead of using other less effective channels of communications.

Anyway, the REAL issue for me is if there is something really, really special about this e-mail project, no one has actually come out and told me about it.

Maybe, we all have to wait for the ads to come out on TV or online or in the newspapers to explain more about the e-mail and to entice us all to sign up.

As of now, I haven’t made up my mind whether to go for the 1Malaysia e-mail, when it is finally made available to us all.

Not because I don’t trust the thing, it’s just that I already have several e-mail accounts, as it is.

But even if I do sign up for it, I don’t think I’ll be sending many e-mails through the account…on account of the 50 sen charge for sending each e-mail.

I’ll probably only use it to receive e-mail from government agencies.

I think that’s fair enough, don’t you?

How The Borneo Post (through a BERNAMA report) viewed the business end of the e-mail saga:

Tricubes negotiates with govt agencies to sign up for myemail

Posted on April 27, 2011, Wednesday

KUALA LUMPUR: Tricubes Bhd (Tricubes), which has been appointed by the government to spearhead the ‘myemail’ Entry Point Project, to be launched in July, was negotiating with several government agencies to come on board as clients.

“As of today, no agencies have signed up.

“We are in discussions with a few, we are talking to one which is our existing customer and we hope to secure a few customers by year-end,” said chief executive Khairun Zainal Mokhtar yesterday.

The 1Malaysia Email Project, a private finance initiative, was announced by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak as one of the seven new projects under the Economic Transformation Programme (ETP).

The myemail, a voluntary basis sign-up, was for every Malaysian aged 18 and above to have access to a single secured communication channel to e-Government services including income tax assessment and summons notices.

The cost of the e-mail would be less than 50 sen each and it would be borne by the sender.

“If I was the post office, I’ve, already secured the mail and you will get it, but if you want additional security like encrypt the document, then there will be additional charges the user has to pay.

“However, it’s a choice whether they want to get a regular confidential and secured mail with a 50 sen charge or they want it to be encrypted.

“Every single mail will be charged,” he said.

The mail delivery service, offered through the myemail project, would likely offer payment services over the progression of the project.

Replying to a question whether the government would ensure all government agencies would subscribe to the service since it was a government-initiated project, Khairun said, “I think that question should be directed to the government agencies and I think we hold it to that.

“The government’s role is clearly identified as a facilitator.”

Tricubes, which would be investing about RM50 million in the government-initiated project over the next 10 years, had secured RM5.3 million in initial funding from Malaysia Venture Capital Management Bhd (Mavcap) in the form of convertible securities.

“The balance will be funded through other means of financing; rights issuance; either equity; or debts.

“We have our sponsor M&A Securities Sdn Bhd and we also have a new corporate finance person who has put together a plan for that,” he said.

The GN3-status company had targeted 5.4 million subscribers for the myemail project by year-end and aims to achieve the target via advertising, marketing and other channels of creating awareness.

Tricubes had achieved its first milestone in its regularisation plan set by Bursa Malaysia with the appointment of its sponsor, M&A Securities, in January this year.

“I think Bursa will evaluate this project as part of our regularisation plan and I am confident that after reviewing with our sponsor, there will be a positive response from Bursa,” Khairun added.

The sponsor was expected to submit the company’s regularisation plan to Bursa Malaysia and obtain its approval no later than this October 29. — Bernama

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