Mat Sabu buys a brick for Mkini’s new home

8:07AM Nov 20, 2013

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PAS deputy president Mohamad Sabu yesterday bought a brick to help Malaysiakini purchase a new building in Petaling Jaya.

Mohamad, who is defending his post as PAS number two in the party elections on Friday, said he did it to support media freedom.

The veteran politician, popularly known as Mat Sabu, will have his brick embossed with “Mohd Sabu” as part of Malaysiakini’s ‘Buy a Brick’ campaign launched last Friday.

Screen Shot 2013-11-21 at 12.51.04 PM“I support media freedom. I hope all leaders in Pakatan Rakyat, NGOs and individuals will back this vision as espoused by Malaysiakini.

“I am also supporting Malaysiakini’s bid to have its own building so its staff can carry out their tasks in a more conducive environment,” Mat Sabu said at the portal’s office in Bangsar Utama.

The new building, which is named @Kini, is located in the PJ51 Business Park in Section 51, Petaling Jaya. A semi-detached industrial building within a cluster of eight units, it costs RM6.1 million.

Including renovations, the total cost will be about RM7 million.

137 bricks sold in four days

Individuals who purchase the RM1,000 brick will receive subscription coupons and advertising in Malaysiakini worth the same amount, as well as a brick with their names embossed on it.

The bricks will be used to build an ‘appreciation wall’ in the new building.

05114fcc6af3661961eec24ca4e94a79 (1)@Kini will have enough room for Malaysiakini to expand in the coming years.

In addition to being a bigger work space, it will have a public meeting area, training rooms and an all-purpose video studio.

Malaysiakini is seeking to raise RM3 million over the next two months, through the ‘Buy a Brick’ campaign.

Over the past four days, 137 bricks have been ‘sold’ at a total of RM175,500. The target is to sell 1,000 bricks.

Among the politicians who have pledged support for are Saifuddin Abdullah (Umno), Tony Pua (DAP) and Elizabeth Wong (PKR).

Please click here for more information on how you can get involved.

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