Malaysians have helped their government with its money problems. They gave nearly $2 million to help country with its national debt. Malaysia has new party in power for first time since nation's independence in 1957. new government promised to fix problems left by the previous government. One of these problems was huge national debt. Malaysia's current leaders say the previous government lost lot of money. They now want to put that right. The government has used new way of raising money. They decided to ask for help by using crowdfunding. This means setting up a special page on the Internet to raise cash. People can give money to page using their credit card.
amount government has raised so far is very small compared to its multi-billion-dollar debt. The $2 million is just drop in ocean compared to country's $251 billion debt. This is about 80 per cent of Malaysia's economic output. However, Malaysia's finance minister Lim Guan Eng said it was important to let people try to help country. He said: "The people voluntarily want to share their earnings with government to help ease the burden." The idea came from 27-year-old Malaysian lady who said she was, "very much in love with and proud" of her country. She set up private fundraising effort that very quickly attracted interest from like-minded people who also wanted to help.