DAP MPs and senators to ‘buy a brick’ for Malaysiakini

All 40 DAP MPs and senators will participate in Malaysiakini’s “Buy a Brick” campaign to contribute to the news portal’s acquisition of a new office building in Petaling Jaya.

9e8b06267a4f33c109b981215c0fe5e9DAP’s chief whip in Parliament, Anthony Loke told Malaysiakini today that all the MPs and senators have agreed to buy a brick for RM1,000 each, which will bring in RM40,000 to help the company reach its target of collecting RM3 million from subscribers and supporters.

“All 38 MPs and two senators will contribute. We have agreed on this matter,” said Loke, who is also Seremban MP and the party’s organising secretary.

“We expect to make the payment late this week, or the latest by next week,” he added.

So far, the initiative has raised RM260,000 since the drive was launched on Nov 15.

Malaysiakini is also looking for corporate sponsors and will have fundraising events in order to help it achieve its RM3 million target.

Other political leaders who have lent their support for the “Buy a Brick” campaign are PAS deputy president Mohamad Sabu and former deputy higher education minister Saifuddin Abdullah.

In reaction, Malaysiakini CEO Premesh Chandran welcomed the pledge by DAP MPs.

“It’s a very significant contribution, which the whole of Malaysiakini appreciates.

“We hope that other political parties from both sides of the divide would also lend us the support for Malaysiakini to continue providing the news and views that matter,” he said.

Source: http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/247563

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