1Malaysia, 1Propaganda, 1Failure

I have nev­er had to agree on the kind of bull­crap that my fel­low Malaysian friends are hav­ing on a dai­ly basis.

Just yes­ter­day, news of a new tech­nol­o­gy that the Japan­ese would love to get their hands on was high­ly pub­li­cized on local and for­eign news wires. To sum up for the day’s news, Malaysian Prime Min­is­ter announced that all Malaysians aged 18 and above would received a com­pli­men­ta­ry 1Malaysia email accounts.

Well, if I get his idea right, I think he is a very smart busi­ness­man. Give the cit­i­zens email accounts, bom­bard the said email accounts with sea­sons greet­ings and pro­mo­tion­al mate­ri­als, thus sav­ing the trou­ble of hir­ing a mar­ket­ing agency and pur­chas­ing email address from com­pa­nies to sell them.

To top it off the busi­ness, one would need to have access to the inter­net to access to their emails. Which means, more busi­ness for TM Malaysia, which is a gov­ern­ment linked com­pa­ny.

Good prof­it mar­gins, if you were to ask me.

Curios­i­ty kills the cat and it cer­tain­ly killed me; from dying of a bad sour and stale joke.

1Malaysia email registration

It start­ed off from a link that I saw on Twit­ter, the link for the beta usage of the 1Malaysia email. I clicked and tried to reg­is­ter myself.

Clean nice inter­face, very good for the visu­al­ly impaired. Teal col­or scheme, not too bad, com­pared with oth­er gov­ern­ment or relat­ed web­sites.

I won­der though, why would I need to pro­vide an alter­nate email address, when this 1Malaysia email is sup­posed to be my 1 inbox that I will be using for my life, or at least as a cit­i­zen of Malaysia? Where is the 1Malaysia.com.my as claimed by our love­ly Prime Min­is­ter? Maybe they are only giv­ing myemail.my dur­ing the beta test­ing peri­od, I thought.

Things gone wrong with I pressed the ‘Reg­is­ter’ but­ton. I thought my mouse was hav­ing issue since it’s a black mouse and it might have some racial issues. I switched to my Wacom Intuos4 tablet, and still have an issue.

I thought maybe the sys­tem has already reg­is­tered me, so I went ahead and tried to sign in to the sys­tem.

Alas, I was greet­ed by a very ugly and unsight­ly screen that most sys­tem admin­is­tra­tor would try to stay off from.

1Malaysia email error page

They did not even have a cus­tom error page!

So I guess, in Malaysian ways, “Beta” gen­er­al­ly means, enter at your own risk, noth­ing else is work­ing.


I fail to under­stand though, with Najib’s admin­is­tra­tion where he tries to kill off the racism amongst Malaysian, but hav­ing to do more brand­ing than the action, was it real­ly nec­es­sary ?

So you have a 100 storey pro­posed build­ing in con­struc­tion, instead of spend­ing the mon­ey on use­less things.

For­get about free broad­band, for­get about free WiFi for the coun­try. What the coun­try real­ly need is to get off from racism and cor­rup­tion.

Get your 100 storey build­ings, put in the home­less and real­ly poor peo­ple. Demol­ish the old wood­en hous­es in the city. In the 100 storey build­ing, do not sep­a­rate them with races, instead, alter­nate them. They can’t fight because that way they will be kicked off the build­ing and left home­less.

So whats so bad about that plan? This way, the gen­er­al Malaysians would not com­plaint that you are putting mon­ey into waste, sec­ond­ly I am sure the news of Malaysia’s char­i­ty will hit inter­na­tion­al. Why not? Good pub­lic­i­ty stunt too!

So you want to give the pub­lic email address­es. Even if the com­pa­ny is work­ing togeth­er with Microsoft to pro­vide the ser­vice, how reli­able is the ser­vice itself? Will it be mon­i­tored by the gov­ern­ment? Are we even going to check that one email account if not already an over­whelm­ing amounts of email accounts that we have? I cer­tain­ly will not.

How much space are you giv­ing? How many man hours are you going to spend on sys­tem main­te­nance? What about soft­wares and hard­wares? Are they suf­fi­cient?

If you real­ly want to leave a mark whilst you are still a Prime Min­is­ter, get rid of all the bad things, and leave what is what alone. No point try­ing as you are already try­ing too hard.

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2 Responses to 1Malaysia, 1Propaganda, 1Failure

  1. Zeltish April 20, 2011 at 6:18 pm #

    Of course he’s smart.

  2. twilightzone May 26, 2011 at 5:54 pm #

    It has been shelved..! Sud­den­ly qui­et when the nation protest­ed.

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