Why @Kini

14 years ago Malaysiakini set out to redefine media in Malaysia. Our goal was to be the number one source of political news, the place all Malaysians would look to for independent news coverage of political affairs. We believed that this was what Malaysians wanted, and if such a news source was available, it would change the country. We believe we were right.

Today, we know that Malaysiakini has to go beyond its original goals. Building a better Malaysia for all will require more than just independent political news.

We have begun that journey with the launch of KiniBiz and relaunching of our video section as KiniTV earlier this year. KiniBiz tackles business news without compromising for political sensitivities, or catering to the dictates of advertisers. KiniTV goes beyond politics into events, characters and debates that shape the country.

We are now planning to go even further, to do more to create a nation and a world, grounded in justice and democracy. One major upcoming effort is to train and develop better journalists and editors. The opportunities offered by the digital age cannot be realised in a vacuum. It will take a generation of independent thinking journalists and editors to transform the industry.

The technology wave brings new opportunities to explore new frontiers, to reach across the digital divide to those who have yet to access the Internet. Malaysiakini will become a hub to pilot new approaches to journalism, and new methods to reach new audiences.

To grow, Malaysiakini needs a stronger foundation. Like a tree growing taller, the Malaysiakini building – simply called @Kini – helps Malaysiakini plant deeper roots, to become more stable as we reach higher.

@Kini will provide more space for Malaysiakini to grow – in terms of workspace, meetings areas, training rooms and video studios. It will offer better facilities for the hardworking staff of Malaysiakini, the true heroes who deliver the news and views that matter.

With the building, Malaysiakini also aims to be rooted in public participation. The building will also have the country’s first live webcasting centre, where forums and discussions can be held with an audience interacting at the venue and over the Internet. Malaysiakini training facilities will be open to public workshops. We envision regular talks, dialogues and movie screenings to drive public participation on current issues.

By opening our doors, we believe we can build something great, together.

Malaysiakini has always relied on its subscribers, readers and supporters to grow. This building is another great step for Malaysiakini. We hope that you will see the potential and help Malaysiakini to go beyond news and contribute even more toward a better Malaysia for all.