The project, first proposed 10 months ago, advances Malaysia's push to for stronger e-government, which officials say will allow policies to take shape more quickly and speed up any enforcement in the developing country that is divided among several races and an ocean channel. Other programs cover government procurement and an electronic exchange between employers and job seekers.
The plan has riled many in Malaysia, spawning a Facebook opposition group. Many fear a cumbersome e-mail sign-up process and doubt the government's statement that the project involves only private funding.
"I just wish they came up with something more 21st century and useful," wrote one group member, Jia Yi Har. "Wi-fi hotspots will be nice."