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Thursday, April 21, 2011

The email project rigmarole

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Are we confused yet?

And seriously, what IS the real story about this totally unnecessary initiative - an attempt at a subtle bail out, or e-crony-nomics gone awry?

Walski has seen tweets from apologists saying that the details of the first version was due to "human error". Maybe, but what if there was no outcry - would the "human error" have become the email project deliverables?

Of course, we'll never know...

1 Malaysia email page changed on Pemandu website

The Performance Management and Delivery Unit (Pemandu) changed details of the 1 Malaysia email project on its website between the day it was announced and yesterday, and now calls it a private sector initiative when it was previously listed as a government initiative.

“The 1Malaysia Email project is a government initiative in providing a unique and official email account and ID for the citizens of Malaysia,” the description read on Tuesday.

Since yesterday, the description of the RM50 million project read: “The 1Malaysia Email project which features the domain name of ‘’ is a private sector initiative led by Tricubes Berhad to provide a unique and official email account and user ID for interested citizens of Malaysia.”

This came after public outcry over the project that many said was a waste of public funds forced both Pemandu and Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak to clarify on Tuesday that the government would not fund the platform for secure communication with the public.

As of 8am today, close to 36,000 Facebook users have joined a virtual protest against the project and both #1malaysiaemail and Tricubes are still among the top 10 Malaysian topics on microblogging site Twitter, nearly two days after the emails were first announced.