Who is going to pay 5 sen for an email? The total cost incurred by our caring PM for the 'kind' email was RM62,776.40, which is almost equivalent an low cost house.
How significance is the email to you all? I also received his email and now ended in trash bin for nothing. Better still PM uses his Facebook and Twitter to sent updates and message for *Free of charge.
PM denies violating privacy with CNY message (TMI)
By Clara Chooi
March 08, 2011
KUALA LUMPUR, March 8 — Datuk Seri Najib Razak denied today that he had violated the privacy of over four million Malaysians with his mass Chinese New Year message earlier this year.
In a written reply to Fong Po Kuan (DAP-Batu Gajah) in Parliament, the Prime Minister gave his assurance that he had not been granted access to the personal information of any recipient of his messages.
He explained that he had sent greetings to four million Malaysians via SMS for free and to 1,255,528 Malaysians via emails at a cost of RM62,776.40 or five sen for each email.
The SMSes, he said, were delivered with the cooperation of three telecommunications firms — Digi.Com Berhad, Maxis Berhad and Celcom Berhad.
“The messages were delivered directly to the three firms for distribution. The Prime Minister’s Department ensured that the principles of personal data protection were adhered to unreservedly as well as the terms and conditions of the telecommunications companies concerned,” he said.
For the emails, Najib explained that the addresses were obtained from three databases — Media Prima Bhd, Higher Education Ministry and his personal website, www.1Malaysia.com.my.
“The cost incurred was five sen for each email. With this minimal cost, I managed to reach out to more than one million Malaysians of various races and religions.
“The message was similar to that of those sent through conventional greeting cards,” he said.
In his email greeting, the prime minister welcomed the Lunar New Year and wished every Malaysian a prosperous beginning in the Year of the Rabbit.
Najib also recalled how he would follow his parents visiting their Chinese friends and enjoy the various delicacies which included kuih kapit and pineapple tarts.
“A wide smile would cross my face when I received ‘angpows’ from my parents’ friends. Today, the celebrations have grown to include sate, ais kacang, mi rebus and maruku even!” he said in the email.
“It is my sincere hope that you achieve success and satisfaction in all your undertakings. Your accomplishments are reflective of our nation’s triumphs, and may we always excel beyond expectations!” he added.
Najib said that despite having obtained the email addresses, he had not been granted access to the users’ personal information.
“Each email was delivered after all terms and conditions from the three databases were fulfilled,” he said.
As an example, Najib listed out Media Prima Bhd’s terms for “third party data sharing” which stipulates that “personal information cannot be sold, rented out, or shared with third parties other than those listed in the Private Policy”.
Another term states that “Media Prima has the right, if necessary, to use the personal information (including email addresses and phone numbers) to share that information with products, services or promotions from Media Prima partis and third parties that may attract the interest and attention of individuals”.
“It is clear from the above that the Chinese New Year message did not infringe any of the company’s privacy policies,” said Najib.
He added that in this context, he was classified as the “third party”.