KUALA LUMPUR, April 24 (Bernama) — The 1Malaysia e-mail (1MY) initiative which provides a unique and official e-mail account for all Malaysians aged 18 and above will be advantageous to the people, said an information communications technology (ICT) expert.
Azli Paat, who is also Adavista Sdn Bhd director, said the official e-mail would facilitate interactions with the government departments and agencies.
“The should not arise the question of this effort making it easy for the government to monitor the public’s e-mail or allowing it to send e-mail straight to the 1Malaysia e-mail account,” he said when contacted by Bernama, here, Sunday.
He was asked to comment on Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s announcement on the project, which is a voluntary initiative by the private sector that does not involve public funds.
The 1MY e-mail initiative will promote direct and safe communication between Malaysians and the government as well as improve government service delivery to users and businessmen.
Azli said the government through the Malaysia Administrative Modernisation and Management Planning Unit (MAMPU) would monitor the level of security in using the e-mail and it was not solely in the government’s interest.
He said the government had already stored data and information of each citizen and hence did not aim to monitor them through the use of e-mail.
He said in addition to the variety of free e-mail services such as Yahoo!, Gmail, Hotmail and more, people could now choose the 1Malaysia e-mail to deal with the government sector.
“When using the 1Malaysia e-mail for matters such as income tax for the Inland Revenue Board (LHDN), it will make it easier for those involved to give the feedback required,” he said, advising against the e-mail account being used for personal purposes.
Azli said the project under the Economic Transformation Programme (ETP) was also misunderstood by some quarters.
“This issue becomes sensitive, whereby the private initiative is regarded as a government effort under the Government Transformation Programme (GTP) and ETP, and the people are required to use it like other e-mails,” he said.
Tricubes Bhd will head the RM50 million investment which includes developing a web portal, a one-stop centre for government services, and provision of value-added services such as social networking and online bill payment.
The Performance Management and Delivery Unit (PEMANDU) has also clarified that the government is not funding the 1Malaysia e-mail account project and it is not compulsory for the public.
Meanwhile, Malaysian Youth Council (MYC) president Mohamed Maliki Mohamed Rapiee said the e-mail project was useful in ensuring Malaysians were not left behind in obtaining the latest information.
“The 1Malaysia e-mail is good in the sense that the people can immediately respond to the government on any issue or policy. This is called engagement and openness,” he said.
Mohamed Maliki deems the opposition’s objection to the project as a feeling of being threatened that the government would win over the youths as a group that frequently uses e-mail.
Malaysian Association of Youth Clubs (MAYC) president Akhramsyah Muammar Ubaidah Sanusi said the e-mail would complete other government efforts in increasing knowledge on information technology (IT) among youths, including the distribution of 1Malaysia notebooks.
Akhramsyah, who is also Blog House Malaysia vice-president, said the opposition had no right to question the e-mail initiative which could be used for various purposes such as company marketing and promotions.
“E-mail usage is basic and youths are given a chance to get an official e-mail that will benefit them, but certain quarters especially the opposition have given the wrong impression, as if they do not want to admit that the 1Malaysia concept is gaining popularity,” he said.
Security Services Association of Malaysia (PPKKM) president Datuk Shaheen Mirza Habib regards the initiative as part of the private sector’s role in helping the government serve the people better.
Source : Bernama