Politics

Less than 1 per cent of Malays donate to PKR’s fundraisers

Zaidi Azmi
Written by Zaidi Azmi

KUALA LUMPUR – January 6, 2017: Not even one per cent of Malays have donated to PKR’s on-going nation-wide fundraising dinners.

And this was the main reason PKR vice-president Rafizi Ramli refused to translate the invitations to the charity from English to Bahasa Malaysia.

He claimed that  the  “passionate commenters on Facebook” are the largest  “ethnic” donor group.

Rafizi revealed the minute financial contribution of the Malays towards PKR after one of his supporters implored on him to translate the Facebook-based invitation yesterday.

The supporter reasoned that by doing so Rafizi could reach out to a wider audience particularly those who do not understand English.

“Malays rarely donate,” Rafizi responded, “After proper analysis of some big data, I have found out that posting such as this is the most effective in selling fundraising tickets.”

Rafizi also pointed out that according to PKR’s digital marketing specialist team; “Malays are sensitive to a lot issues although they lack indepth understanding of it.”

And this, as he puts it, is the reason Malays, unlike non-Malays, are easily influenced by Umno’s propaganda.

Rafizi who is now beleaguered with six criminal charges and defamation suits has been organising a series of fundraising dinners with a PKR-related non-governmental organisation, Invoke, since November last year.

The next fundraising will be in Johor Bharu on January 14 while the one in Penang will be held on January 15.

That being said, some PKR supporters strongly believe that, even if the figures were true, Rafizi should have just kept it to himself.

“Malays are sensitive, you said it yourself. So you don’t want to be seen as provoking them,” was the response from Ampang PKR member Jamil Sulaiman.

“So what if you manage to sell more tables or tickets. At the end of the day winning elections boils down to the number of votes,” he said.

Another opposition supporter, Hussain Mian, contended Rafizi’s claim and warned the latter that his views can be misconstrued by Malays.

“I think there are a lot of Malays who are fence-sitters. Rafizi needs to think carefully before giving any statement as statement such as this could cost the opposition their votes.”

Hussain however, was not the only who thinks so, London-based opposition supporter Shirram Venugopal was of the opinion that a simple ‘thank you for suggestion’ would suffice.

“You are in the hearts and minds business after all. People are often more receptive to hard and uncomfortable truths when they are communicated gently,” said Shirram.

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Zaidi Azmi

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If Zaidi Azmi isn’t busy finding his way in the city, this 26-year-old northern kampung boy can be found struggling to make sense of the Malaysian political scene. Zaidi can be reached at zaidiazmi91@gmail.com.