Every Singaporean over the age of five is to be provided with their own e-mail address and personal Web site as part of the Government's campaign to transform the republic into a truly intelligent island. The Government also will equip 30,000 low-income households with used computers and free Internet access to help every Singaporean go online. Tax incentives will be offered to vendors who provide equipment and access to the community and for training given to the poor. The Net-savvy will be expected to help those who are technophobes as part of a wide-ranging government-led campaign. Analyst Alex Chong said: 'Some other countries in Asia have launched campaigns to increase Internet penetration. 'But I've never seen a country take such a paternalistic approach before in terms of providing e-mails.' The Government has set aside S$25 million ($113 million) over the next three years to help bridge the digital divide between high- and low-income families. Communications and Information Technology Minister Yeo Cheow Tong said special attention would be paid to senior citizens, homemakers, workers, national servicemen and special interest groups. Until now, the Info-Communications Development Authority has been promoting computer and Internet awareness at a national level, focusing on reaching out to the masses. 'Such mass out-reach programmes have served us well when we were trying to achieve mass adoption quickly,' Mr Yeo said. 'However, now that we have achieved substantial success, to move to greater heights, we need to be more sophisticated in addressing potential fault-lines.' The programme aims to train 2,500 volunteers who could then go out and teach others.