Questions, questions and questions!

1Malaysia email account?


Are you sure?

Is there such a thing as a free meal?

Will the 50millions come from the government? meaning the people’s coffer since government money is from the people.

Will it be better and more secure than yahoo, gmail, and hotmail where you can have almost unlimited storage space FREE? Of course these giants earn by advertisements and so on but at least to the end users, it is free.

Why give it to a company that is financially-trapped and on the brink of being delisted?

Why the need to create email account in the first place? Aren’t there other more pressing things to do? Like giving me a better broadband width at rate comparable to other countries?(read my article on ‘speed’ vs ‘speed’ here to see how Singapore broadband at 100Mpbs  is only 49.50 whereas ours at 20Mpbs at 249).

Just to digress, I went to Telekom a few times to apply for Unify 5MPbs, but they say my area does not support it.It will be a few more months down the road before I get it.  Please build the infrastructure first before giving me the DAMN email account!!!!

Sorry to lose my cool.

These are questions that we need answers.. Do not tell me like what other middlemen used to tell us when mandatory middleman companies are being set up to provide services which we can obtain directly.


Excerpts from my previous post:

It is about Singapore broadband service: 100Mbps at Singapore$49.80 (equals roughly to RM118)

Second one is our unifi service advertisement . 20Mbps at RM249.

There is a cheaper VIP 5 for RM149, for a speed of 5Mbps.


37 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Shay
    Apr 20, 2011 @ 11:35:36

    Malaysia Government have never stopped trying to impress people.
    Reality is, no matter how hard you try to decorate a rotten meat it would not be appetizing.

    I agree, it’s ridiculous.


  2. Phua Kai Lit
    Apr 20, 2011 @ 12:16:44

    Dear Dr Hsu

    Desperate times call for desperate measures — a ruling regime
    with eroding legitimacy, desperately trying to hang on to power through shameless propaganda (often of the race-baiting variety) and through hired
    (and very expensive, foreign) propagandists.


  3. klm
    Apr 20, 2011 @ 13:33:30

    1Malaysia Boleh. It is even worse than Malaysia Boleh. And Dr. Hsu. Are’nt you glad to be out of Gerakan? I wonder how is Koh Tso Koon involved in this fiasco, it being under his portfolio.


  4. Dr Hsu
    Apr 20, 2011 @ 14:07:34

    Had i remained, he would probably have called me and asked my opinion on this, as he knows that i am quite savvy in IT, and i actually feel the pulse of the IT and urban people..

    And I would have laughed off at his suggestions, and told him to bring up more serious matters for the people. He would have said thank you and still continued this project of 1malaysia email account. And he would have told others that he had sought my opinion, and he had let me voiced out, but he would not agree with an idealist..

    That would be the actual scenerio.


  5. klm
    Apr 20, 2011 @ 14:56:36

    My 2 sens on this, beside the silliness of it.

    I have worked 40 years with ICT and I have been pitched many things. This is amongst the top craps I have heard.

    1. Email service do not make money for anyone anymore
    2. It has a high cost to keep it running
    3. There is no appreciation if service is good but a lot of whining if service is bad
    4. But it is the glue to stick users to your service that is if that service or services is making money for you. In the case of Google, it is Adsense. So unless Tricubes has something up its sleeve, which I doubt, it is money burning as along as it is in operation.
    5. Unless Microsoft is willing to buy the users for hotmail, which I doubt. I suspect the Microsoft and Hotmail thing is red herring.

    I still cannot figure out the business model for this proposal. Business model is no secret. It is not rocket science. It is just common sense. So why is Tricubes so secretive about it?


  6. Kenny
    Apr 20, 2011 @ 15:16:47

    The 1Malaysia email is not about making money. It’s politics. Imagine flooding the email account holders with BN propaganda before a general election. A direct channel to the eyeballs of voters. What a coup for BN.


  7. monsterball
    Apr 20, 2011 @ 15:29:23

    Najib is known to be brilliant…yet totally the opposite in matter of days.
    His brilliant idea fall short of a proposal from a government… trusted by all.
    In fact vast majority Malaysians from age 18 upwards..totally do not trust him at all.
    So whatever he proposed or say how good it is for Malaysians…treat that as hot air and nonsense from him.


  8. klm
    Apr 20, 2011 @ 15:35:49

    Kenny. One may have an email account, but one do not have to use it. I have email account with TM internet service. Since the advent of Gmail, I have never use it. So what use is this 1Malaysia email account. They can send all the propaganda they want, these will only clog the system. If the intention is to do this, it is even more stupid of them. BN will be better off, spamming TMnet’s email accounts. It will not cost 50M RM.


  9. beh tahan
    Apr 20, 2011 @ 15:42:30

    E-government thingy..mmm..can make tons of money effortlessly…every day…cash..very fast cash…express billionaires will be borned.Cinapek(member) has his points outright but there are more hidden objectives.Macc dog is one of the fews,wagging his tail that he’ll be assigned automatically as his job requirement to oversee or ‘overlook’ e-thingy and learn couple of up to-date technology.Not bad for a canine ya?Got lessons in IT and $$$ to laugh secrectly to himself.While most of his puppies will be denied to touch the e-thingy cause they are not big enough to roam wire-leash without any order.Oh my…a cat has got my tongue!


  10. Li Li Fa
    Apr 20, 2011 @ 17:06:35

    It all boils down to priorities.

    Certainly some people up there must have blown it. The priority to serve the people and to address their needs has been brushed aside to make every citizen to be computer savvy. We will be lead by the computer into the IT world of unknown, propaganda, brain-washing, canards, calumnies, and finally virtual control by the pressing of the button.

    Certainly, this is not a one cent project. We have been assured it that it does not involve tax money. But then who is funding this project and by whom? Is there a need for this initiative when there are so many pressing issues that country needs to address? When there are free email services like yahoomail, gmail, hotmail, etc. why the trouble, time and token to get this 1email online. Surely, there is an ulterior motive behind this move. And the answer is certainly are byting issue.


  11. Dr Hsu
    Apr 20, 2011 @ 17:49:36

    i have 2 streamyx ac when i signed up few years ago. but i have never used them. Some time bck i tried to access them , it was no longer usable, because i have never used them.

    the limited storage of streamyx account given to me was the reason i never used them..


  12. wassup
    Apr 20, 2011 @ 18:03:27

    Cut the crap la. He just wanna know who’s with him and who’s not by number of users so he can plan for next GE.


  13. A true Malaysian
    Apr 20, 2011 @ 18:40:22

    This 1 Malaysia email project make Idris Jala seems so stupid. I wonder if he is ‘so intelligent’ to be roped in by Najib in the first place.


  14. klm
    Apr 20, 2011 @ 18:57:01

    AtM. I still hold the opinion Idris Jala is doing this for his 30 pieces of silver. It is beginning to show he is out of his depth.


  15. Dr Hsu
    Apr 20, 2011 @ 20:28:58

    in a way, it is good for them keep fumbling.. more and more will be alienated

    while this is happening, get more young people to register as voters.


  16. A true Malaysian
    Apr 20, 2011 @ 21:10:09

    klm and Dr. Hsu,

    ‘Back fire’ is what they will get, even from their own loyalists for all their stupidities.

    It’s ok if one is lesser intelligent than the other as sometime is not our choice (or within our control) to be less intelligent, but for a person who ‘deemed intelligent’ but actually ‘stupid’ is worse. There are full of such ‘deemed intelligent’ people in there coupled with their breach of political ‘TRUST’ (which is worse than criminal breach of trust).

    Tell me, are you going to place our ‘TRUST’ in them again by voting them?


  17. Chinese
    Apr 20, 2011 @ 22:19:13

    Dr Hsu,

    Any insider info on who replaced Pak Lah’s 4th floor boys?
    Can it even get any more stupid than this? What the PM or his 4th floor boys were thinking when they decided that it was a great idea to roll out this?

    I think other countries especially the Singaporeans are laughing their assess off. I would, if I were them.


  18. iamyuanwu
    Apr 20, 2011 @ 22:33:17

    Wow, first time seeing the good doctor giving TM the cuss word. Hah hah! I think I cried when I heard how little my sister is paying for broadband down in S’pore.

    I’m always happy to see BN fools doing stupid things that everyone hates.
    This gives everyone more reason to detest them. As the saying goes: give them enough rope, and they will eventually hang themselves with it.

    All these will only hasten their demise.


  19. Jong
    Apr 21, 2011 @ 02:35:16

    Let’s not get carried away by their sugar coated words – there’s no free lunch, anywhere!

    The RM50 million project made to look a BN govt goodies with the Prime Minister proudly going on national tv/media to announce it, received instant public anger and recentment over its unnecessary spending of public funds. Interestingly the following day Najib quickly denied
    there would be any involvement of public funds for the project. That’s how sneaky they can get!

    Here we are being reminded so often that we the Rakyat needs to tighten our belt or be faced with the country going bankrupt by 2019(Idris Jala – Minister in PM Dept) which is 8 years away and there this UMNO-led BN government is spending money as if there’s no tomorrow, ahead of GE-13!


  20. monsterball
    Apr 21, 2011 @ 02:44:14

    Doc…Once in awhile…you should loose your temper…but only on Najib and BN.
    You know too well as a doctor…when your blood pressure rises up to a height that almost break your skin cover with blood about to ooze out..your eyes get brighter..mind get sharper…muzzles and skin get tighter and stronger….and the final result…makes you look much younger.
    But some are born with a young system like yours. I do not believe all doctors can look as young as you are..through eating health food all the time.
    But another doctor we all know…looks young he is a devil reincarnated one….so leave him out. He is chosen to do the Devil’s work inn Malaysia.
    However….loose your temper at the government stupidity…your cheeks get rosier and fresher looking…..NO?
    Got this idea from my grandfather.


  21. monsterball
    Apr 21, 2011 @ 02:57:24

    Every con job starts with very good news…like free email account…announced by Najib.
    This is the start to get all Malaysians excited and want it…and praise him.
    Once all get hooked up…it will need one good excuse or reason why this or that will be charged into every account…like water which all Malaysians know what it is all about.
    Maybe before you can pay this or that… may hear jingles and promotional messages live on products….where manufacturers are willing to pay big money for advertising.


  22. Great Question
    Apr 21, 2011 @ 05:35:06

    Dr Hsu, great question! Malaysia tends to carry out many projects which have little practical value like CyperJaya; except perhaps the money printing machine called North South High Way which is one of the highest toll public highway in the world. The internet bandwidth in Malaysia is pathetic, every time I travel to Malaysia because of my business and work, I experienced this huge drop in internet response time, and I still have to pay for the service which is an extremely frustrating experience. In other countries, I get what I paid in this service. Malaysia is such a blessed land with many good people, it is sad to see resources are not invested in projects which has practical economic value. Reducing the crime rate by 50% is a good place to start. Malaysia has such a great potential. What is missing?


  23. Phua Kai Lit
    Apr 21, 2011 @ 08:27:56

    Another decade of kleptocratic (mis)rule and we will end up like Nigeria today
    (a better analogy than Zimbabwe).

    It’s a good idea to read up on the situation in Nigeria today to see where our
    beloved Malaysia is heading.


  24. Phua Kai Lit
    Apr 21, 2011 @ 09:35:49

    This BBC article on Oman and Qatar is interesting:


  25. klm
    Apr 21, 2011 @ 09:43:53

    The 4th floor boys and girls are actually very smart people and probably classmates of their counterparts in Singapore. The problem is that these people are young, inexperienced and need to be supervised. In Malaysia, they are left to run wild and had too much power by virtue of being near the source. This is when things start to go wrong. They start to do side deals and have personal agendas. So national interests get subverted by personal interests.


  26. Phua Kai Lit
    Apr 21, 2011 @ 10:26:33

    Yes, KLM

    “Smart” is not the same as “principled”

    In fact, smart but unprincipled people are the worst kind.
    Like those who act as patrons of Malaysian fascists.


  27. A Single Vote
    Apr 21, 2011 @ 11:16:07

    Go to any mall and have your face shoved with a ‘its free’ and end up paying for things you don’t need. How many of us will wave a polite ‘thank you’ and walk away.

    And now Mr 1Parasite himself is shoving this ‘its free’ in our faces, its not going to cost the taxpayer anything. Come CNY, Raya, Deepavali and perhaps even Valentine’s day(who cares about fatwas if there’s money to be made), you and I will be paying big bucks to have greetings sent to us via
    Isn’t every sen spent by Mr 1Parasite your money?


  28. Dr Hsu
    Apr 21, 2011 @ 11:45:13

    Yes, the fourth floor is full of young people with degrees from top universities. They may have very high IQ, but not EQ, which comes from experience. Then again, many of them may not have the morality that is so important in life. Easy money is before them. When you are young and you taste power as a young man, power will change you and with power comes abuses. With few experience in life, power corrupts easily, especially when you see all around you people who are not too saintly. You tend to imitate.

    KJ is actually moderate with high IQ. But why he became such a nut when he was Youth Head? Because he is so near to absolute power , and at such young age, he plays politics to try to rise up to grab that absolute power.

    the only cure for all these a more or less balance 2 party system– when you are corrupt , you will be voted out like Ah Bian of Taiwan.


  29. Jong
    Apr 21, 2011 @ 11:59:32

    Dr Hsu,

    Isn’t KJ still umno’s youth head? He won’t be re-elected I’m sure. The guy’s an opportunist alright.

    When his father-in-law was PM, he was put in-charge of the 4th floor boys and was the real ‘power’ behind that sleepyhead PM! We saw how arrogant he was stepping on everyone and that’s reason why he had been ostracised by Najib since the day his father-in-law lost his job.


  30. monsterball
    Apr 21, 2011 @ 12:33:15

    The only way Khairy can travel the right path as he was destined to do so…is to resign from UMNO B and join DAP..or any PR party for that matter.
    He loves belittling Lim Kit Siang in Parliament..with no success.
    Time he learn from the good master and be saved.
    Failing which…he has no future in politics and as long as Najib holds power…he is not one Muslim to get lots of tenders to make millions.
    Maybe should be a salesman….and start all over again….but he is filthy rich …with money fell from the sky.
    So set up a company to sell
    “sky water” and call it…. mineral water to make millions?
    Uncle sell vastly over priced nasi lemak in locomotives. He sells sky water…with huge huge profit.
    He is talented but captured by the devil…right now.


  31. klm
    Apr 21, 2011 @ 12:50:33

    Let me tell you a story about a 4th floor boy. I knew the father. The young man, graduated from Oxford and as he knew KJ, he was recruited. As he was an Indian, he was put in charge of Indian affairs in the 4th floor. This young man had never been to the estates or to the ground at all. He got all his information from books, newspapers and magazines. Samy Vellu had to justify to him projects for the Indian community. This young man advised Badawi on Indian affairs.

    The rest is history.


  32. monsterball
    Apr 21, 2011 @ 22:00:26

    So are all…all BN ministers and leaders..talking through book knowledge for decades .
    It is only recently…out of no choice…have to get first hand experiences……or else gone case.
    Where have Mahathir gone to … in his 22 years as PM?
    Around the world few times over…and to Iceland twice to sell our friendship to Eskimos ..plane load with tax payers money…no sweat…get diplomatic missions.
    At least Khairy reads. Many simply act….based on advices decide the fates of Malaysians.


  33. monsterball
    Apr 21, 2011 @ 23:30:00

    And look at Mahathir non stop blaming others to defend his family.
    He even said ex IGP Hanif have more power than him..with ex IGP agreeing to that.
    Both old ones …who one time hated each other…suddenly spoke in harmony.
    Hanif 180 degree about turn…started….when his real Genting Highland big boss died….one of closet Chinese friend to Tunku.
    No need to crack your head for answers to so many questions.
    Just vote UMNO B out and try PR Govt.
    Nothing to loose….only can get better or be prove….between the two Devils…PR is no better….that’s all…life goes on until 14th GE…to make up our minds again.
    Never too late after 4 years….when we have tolerated BN for 30 years on non stop massive corruptions and dirty politics..dividing Malaysians as much as they can….to successfully rule by divisions.
    Right now…….vote for change.
    No good…vote BN back again and be happily disunited and stay as hypocrites…for a country…for survivors for the fittest and let the weak and helpless go to hell…..back to jungle laws.
    All Malaysians know this is sensible and logical…yet almost half of the entire voters refused to change and seems to support UMNO B owns the country and should govern forever.
    Why like that kind of mentalities?
    Simple….the Devil is more powerful in Malaysia.
    While more and more countries around the world have succeeded to chase away their Devils governing them…Malaysians seems to be slow to changes for the better.
    I guess….life is too good for pampered lot…feeling no shame…keep depending on favours and hand outs…from day one born…up to 30 years old…still depend of free milk and blankets….like fat old sick babies.


  34. looes74
    Apr 22, 2011 @ 14:01:54

    Yes Minister show is extremely educational. In fact, this episode explains exactly what happen. Particularly Bob Mckenzie’s interview with the minister. Plus one good song for you, Dear Doctor


  35. monsterball
    Apr 22, 2011 @ 17:08:39

    While BobMekenzie was performing the ever popular British all time great comedy…”Yes Minister”…he was suffering from a rare skin disease.
    Within months..he was bald headed and skinny..and still acting till the day he drop dead ..acting.


  36. oct
    Apr 25, 2011 @ 08:37:59

    Here is the juicy part of the 1Malaysia email account. Tricubes invests 5.3 million & the rest is spread over 10 years. Based on the charges of RM0.50 per statement, the revenue generated for Tricubes is like laughing to the bank.
    EPF – 18 million accounts – RM9 million
    LHDN – 15 million accounts – RM7.5 million
    TNB – 20 million accounts – RM10 million
    TM – 18 million accounts – RM9 million
    Others – 20 million accounts – RM10 million
    Total revenue for Tricubes – RM45.5 million

    Who wouldn’t want such a project? I am willing to do it even 0.10 sen for each statement. In the end, the rakyat pays for the bull**** while they reap us off like no business


  37. TooMuch
    Apr 26, 2011 @ 10:37:48

    Every crony worm in the government woodwork is busy trying to outdo each other with fabulous plans on how to flees Bank of Rakyat Malaysia.
    What get’s reported like the annual maintenance costs of the unsinkable subs, the inflated MRT extension, the RM 6 Billion boats and now this RM 50 Million 1 Malaysia Boleh e-mail account are only some big ticket items. These cronies must have pulled Millions if not Billions more from smaller “projects” that gets hidden in the woodwork and even though the PAC or Auditor General raise this once a year, it its all for eyewash and stamped NFA.

    Doc, What really frustrates me like any other diligent tax payer is the sheer waste and plundering of the Bank of Rakyat Malaysia (principal shareholders being Malaysian Tax payers & EPF members) for things like unsinkable subs to protect Malaysia from Singapore ?, Rolls Royces MRT that cost probably 10 times more than other similar projects and not focusing on the welfare of Rakyat e.g. better health services, more cost effective transport system and development projects to up-lift the quality on Malaysian lives. Some earlier commentators lament the lack of competitiveness of facilities and living standards compared with our neighbouring countries. Taxi permits and bus operators permits going to friends and family. Toll operation awarding to half dozen connected companies. Fortunately they introduce Touch&Go, otherwise every operator has they own prepaid cards. Different public parking operators for every township etc. etc. Shouldn’t such services be under the municipal councils to generate revenue to provide better services to the public ??? No, because every worm wants a share.

    Why we have this feeling that Singapore offers a higher quality of life although the cost of living may be relatively higher and their lack of space. This is because the Malaysia Boleh agenda is not for the Rakyat but for the crooks and their cronies.


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