PKR makes late appeal for Sarawak war chest

By Melissa Chi, The Malaysian Insider

KUALA LUMPUR, March 27 — With nominations for the Sarawak election just nine days away, PKR is now making an 11th hour appeal for financial donations.

During the launch of the donation drive today, party de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, stressed that the Sarawak campaign will require a larger than usual financial outlay.

“Sarawak needs a big budget. There is the expense for boats to travel along the Rajang river; I know that would be a problem,” he said.

PKR treasurer general William Leong told reporters that about RM820,000 has been collected but the party will need between RM3 and RM5 million as the bare minimum to campaign effectively in the hornbill state.

As for the next general election, the Selayang MP said they will need about RM10 million to RM15 million.

“RM10 million, like I said, we will be giving our people rice and sardine cans to eat. Of course, if we can, we’ll give them better, that depends on how much we can raise,” he said, adding later that he is confident that those goal can be met.

Lending her voice to the plea, party president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail said the fight against the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition will be daunting, and that every extra ringgit mustered would help her party take up the challenge to bring change to the country.

“It has not been easy… we are facing the BN machine which has reigned in power for such a long time until every citizen feels that whatever they do is being watched by the authorities and when they side the Opposition, they feel that they will be hunted down and that only those who are daring, can fight this battle.