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DAP reps buy 40 bricks for Malaysiakini’s new home

DAP’s 38 parliamentarians and two senators have all bought a brick each to contribute to Malaysiakini’s new building in Petaling Jaya.

The party’s treasurer, Bukit Bintang MP Fong Kui Lun yesterday handed Malaysiakini CEO Premesh Chandran a cheque for RM40,000 for the bricks.

The handover took place at Malaysiakini’s office in Bangsar Utama, where Fong, with Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng, Tanjong MP Ng Wei Aik and Seremban MP Anthony Loke, had their first look at the bricks on which their names will be etched e8cfba70b73de88476ca0e5335283e9e and installed at the new building.

Loke (left in photo), who is the DAP parliamentary whip, told Malaysiakini that all 40 DAP representatives agreed last month to contribute one brick each to the portal’s ‘Buy a Brick’ campaign.

“Malaysiakini changed the media landscape by providing independent news. People now are so used to it that it has become a daily routine to read Malaysiakini,” Loke said during his visit.

“That’s why I think we must contribute to ensure that Malaysiakini’s operation continues,” he added.

Meanwhile, Premesh said he appreciates DAP’s support and he believed the online portal would do better in carrying out its mission when it moves to its new office.

“We shall continue to hold all politicians accountable,” he said.

To add to the festive mood, Segambut MP Lim donned a Santa Claus cap during the visit to Malaysiakini.

RM730,000 raised so far

Malaysiakini has set an ambitious RM3 million target in the 60-day campaign, where supporters can buy a brick for a contribution of RM1,000.

The campaign runs until Jan 15 and the money will be used to supplement the RM6.1 million cost of the new building to be named @Kini.

a9af4efa29236b49e519f946b2a50264With 27 days of fund raising to go, Malaysiakini has sold more than 500 bricks worth RM730,000. The campaign also offers corporate sponsorship packages of RM25,000 and RM50,000.

Each supporter will have his or her name embossed on a brick, which will be displayed on an ‘appreciation wall’ in the new building.

In addition, supporters will receive Malaysiakini subscriptions and advertising equal to the amount contributed.

The new building is located in Section 51 of Petaling Jaya and will have nearly double the space available at the existing Malaysiakini office. It will also provide space for public forums, training programmes and exhibitions.

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

Buy a brick, help build a home for Malaysiakini

Source: http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/249814

Gardenia supports news and views that matter

Gardenia Bakeries Sdn Bhd has come forward to support the independent media by contributing to Malaysiakini’s campaign to raise funds for its new premises in Petaling Jaya.

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“Gardenia believes that truth always prevails at the end of the day, thus, Malaysiakini is doing what is right for society with their transparent news reporting,” said Gardenia CEO Yap Kim Shin (left).

Yap said that his firm was supportive of Malaysiakini’s efforts to bring readers the “news and views that matter” in a truthful manner.

“As long as you write the truth, that’s it, because at the end of the day the truth is the only real story,” he added.

The reason behind this philosophy, said Yap, was the fact that Gardenia shares some similar experiences with Malaysiakini in being the target of “unfair criticism”.

1ef3455a152b1fdadaec6b78cc8bd418“I feel that Malaysiakini’s journey runs parallel to Gardenia’s development. We both have been through a long and hard journey to where we are today,” he added.

Yap hosted Malaysiakini CEO Premesh Chandran and the Malaysiakini team at the Gardenia factory in Shah Alam yesterday.

Please click here for more information on how you can get involved in Malaysiakini’s building fund.

Buy a brick, help build a home for Malaysiakini

Source: http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/248511

Selangor reps and PAS chip in for Malaysiakini’s new HQ

Seventeen Selangor state assemblypersons and Selangor PAS have contributed a total of RM22,000 towards Malaysiakini’s ‘Buy a brick’ campaign.

The 17 state assemblypersons bought a brick for RM1,000 each while Selangor PAS bought four and Seri Setia state assemblyperson Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad bought two.

2327b21ec9ce18dbffd4dfa5a900cb17The cheques were handed over to Malaysiakini CEO Premesh Chandran (right in photo, with Selangor MB Khalid Ibrahim) at the Selangor state legislative assembly building in Shah Alam on Thursday.

Seri Andalas rep Dr Xavier Jayakumar told a press conference later that he hoped that his contribution would help Malaysiakini’s mission to deliver balanced and independent reporting.

“We turn to Malaysiakini when we want fair news and comment. In that, they have done very well in bringing about the democratic process and freeing the media,” said the PKR politician.

Constructive criticism

Selangor PAS chief Abdul Rani Osman, who is also the Meru state assemblyperson, said that Pakatan Rakyat’s support for the new building should not be misconstrued as an attempt to buy them off.

He said Malaysiakini was at times critical of Pakatan and the coalition appreciated feedback.

“When we commit to help Malaysiakini, we are not implying that they should only write good things about us. We are not 100 percent perfect. Whenever we make mistakes, please tell us.

a4e863f8bd3d1e0c3c6745acdb9660f6“They are not like certain media which talk good about a certain party only,” he said.

Sekinchan state assemblyperson Ng Suee Lim (left) said that his party, DAP, fully supports Malaysiakini’s attempt to acquire its own building.

“It is not easy for alternative media to survive in this nation with suppression from left and right. We congratulate Malaysiakini and we will collect as much as we can to help them,” said Ng during the press conference.

‘We hope BN will help’

Meanwhile, Premesh expressed gratitude for the generosity shown by Selangor Pakatan state assemblypersons yesterday and hopes more BN politicians will help fund Malaysiakini’s building to allow the company to expand.

d579675ffe4072a671b20fa0e4b2c16d“Pakatan have been very supportive, but we hope BN help us with donations as well. By helping us, BN can help Malaysia develop into a mature and free nation,” he said.

Thus far, Penang Gerakan chief Teng Chang Yeow and former Umno supreme council member Saifuddin Abdullah (right) are the only BN politicians to have bought the bricks.

Malaysiakini will soon move out of its rented shoplot in Bangsar Utama and relocate to a new building in Section 51, Petaling Jaya.

The ‘Buy a brick’ campaign was launced on Nov 15 with the aim of raising RM3 million within two months. Donors can request for their names to be etched on the brick.

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

Buy a brick, help build a home for Malaysiakini