Gerakan Harapan Baru (GHB) has welcomed former PAS vice president Husam Musa’s suggestion for the movement to take up efforts to distribute hard copy materials regarding 1MDB scandal to rural areas.Speaking to Malaysiakini, GHB secretary Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad (photo) described it as a disaster fund, that will involve people from all walks of life.“It is a disaster fund, (1MDB is) a disaster which affects the people. It’s not so much about the money, but the mobilisation of resources […] cutting across all social barriers to get the message about 1MDB across.”Those with money can help (finance operations), those with energy can help distribute and disseminate (the material), those who can generate ideas can contribute ideas, and those who are good with printing can help too,” he said.

Husam in a statement today proposed the setting up of a “Kampung Report” to fill the void left after the government blocked access to whistleblower site Sarawak Report.

Husam urged GHB to set up a fund to enable the Kampung Report to print hard copy materials to be distributed in rural areas without internet access.

This he said, will ensure that information about 1MDB’s ‘sins’ reaches all Malaysians.

In line with movement’s struggle

Dzulkefly said GHB has reacted positively to the idea when Husam (photo) told them about it, but have yet to agree on a name.

He added that the idea to enlighten people about the 1MDB is in line with the movement’s struggle.

“The reason we exist is to take up issues concerning the people, and 1MDB is one of the most burning issues affecting the rakyat currently.

“(So) there is a need for GHB, which is an NGO for the time being to get this message about 1MDB across,” Dzulkefly said.

GHB is led by progressive PAS leaders, who were booted out from the Islamist party’s central leadership last month.

They are mulling the formation of a new more inclusive Islamist party, to take over PAS’ role in a new opposition pact with PKR and DAP.