Parti Warisan Sabah launches app for crowdfunding

KOTA KINABALU: Opposition Parti Warisan Sabah has launched an app for fundraising and is possibly the first party in Malaysia to use the platform for crowdfunding.

Launching the Perjuangan Rakyat app at the Warisan headquarters here, party president Datuk Mohd Shafie Apdal said that the app could be downloaded from the Google App store and was compatible with android or iPhones.

“This has not been done before in Malaysia and we are doing it to give the people an opportunity to contribute towards party activities,” he said.

He added that political parties usually depended on fundraising dinners and donors but the Perjuangan Rakyat app would allow people to donate via PayPal as well as their bank into the party’s bank account.

“Some may want to be discreet about lending support to Warisan; they have options to make the payments discreetly or even directly to the bank,” he said, adding that those who download the app would also get news feed of the party’s activities.

He said that even former US president Barack Obama used it successfully for fundraising in the early days when he ran for the post of president the first time.

Asked whether he was confident the public would support them, Mohd Shafie said that people kept asking him how they could support the party during his trips around the state.

“People are already supportive. You get people donating food or drinks for functions in the rural areas. This is their way of helping us.

“I believe that we will able to get support from the people who want to help,” he said, adding that many Sabahans who were overseas would also be able donate via the app.

He declined to comment on the ongoing talks with Pakatan Harapan parties – Sabah DAP, Sabah PKR and Sabah Amanah as well as local-based Parti Cinta Sabah – on a possible electoral pact.

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