MALINDO Air has joined Malaysians excited about helping the Pakatan Harapan government to pare down the country’s RM1 trillion debt.
CEO Chandran Rama Murthy said from now until August 31, the airline would contribute RM1 from every sale of domestic flight tickets to the Tabung Harapan Malaysia fund , set up by the government yesterday.
“In the spirit of patriotism, Malindo Air will be contributing RM1 from each of its Malaysia-based ticket sales towards the Tabung Harapan Malaysia fund.
“The three-month long campaign will kick start from tomorrow until August 31, 2018 to support the new government’s initiative in creating a better future for us all,” he said in a Facebook post and Twitter today.
The post comes after Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng announced that Malaysians have donated RM7 million to the fund in less than 24 hours since its creation.
Lim said the donations were a way for people to show their “passion” for the country when asked earlier whether it would give the wrong impression about the country’s financial situation.
The fund was started after some social media users said they wanted to raise funds to help the government repay the RM1 trillion debt.
The idea of Tabung Harapan has come under criticism but Finance Ministry special officer and Bangi MP Ong Kian Ming said it was started to prevent fraud as the donations would be channelled to a specific account under the ministry.