Malaysia

All Malaysians to get official 1 Malaysia email a/c

The email account will allow direct and secure communication between Malaysians and the government. — Reuters file picThe email account will allow direct and secure communication between Malaysians and the government. — Reuters file picPUTRAJAYA, April 19 — Malaysians aged 18 and above will be given a secure 1 Malaysia email account for official purposes, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak today.

The email account will allow direct and secure communication between citizens and the government, and is part of a new one-stop web portal for government services.

The web portal will be developed by Tricubes Berhad and will provide services such as social networking, online bill payment and citizen application development.

Tricubes CEO Khairun Zainal Mokhtar said that the 1 Malaysia email service is targetted to start in July.

“Currently we’re running a beta version to show that the infrastructure is properly sized,” he said at a press conference following the announcement.

“We hope to get it up by July — the target is July.”

He also said that Tricubes will own the one-stop portal as it is a private initiative.

“The 1 Malaysia email will be a personal email to get government-type services,” he said. “We are looking at government notices, bills to be sent directly to the citizen’s email box.”

Asked about the difference with the MyEG e-government portal, he said that MyEG was focused on bill payment while Tricubes was focused on sending government notices, bills and communication.

He also said that Tricubes was looking at ways to make registration automatic but it could also involve sending mailers and notices.

“We are looking at making it easy for consumers to subscribe,” he said.

“The communications content and infrastructure NKEA is also kick-starting a government initiative to provide a unique and official email account and identification for citizens of Malaysia,” said Najib.

He said that the RM50 million investment would have a GNI impact of RM39 million up to 2015. Further, the 1 Malaysia email initiative will allow direct and secure communications between Malaysian citizens and government as well as enhance delivery of public services.

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