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.

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