Malaysian Tech Startups Launch Deals Site To Give Back to Community and Fight Bad Press

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130 Malaysian startups have come together to celebrate Malaysian entrepreneurship by launching Project Merdeka and beat the negative headlines in Malaysia this past week reports Tech in Asia.

In recent news, The Wall Street Journal reported US federal prosecutors filing a lawsuit to seize more than $1 billion in assets, money siphoned off the 1 Malaysia Development Berhad Fund. Caught right in the middle of this scandal is Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, who is accused of pocketing $731 million from the fund.

Project Merdeka is driven by Unicroach, a community of the top founders and ecosystem enablers in Malaysia, Project Merdeka is a site offering deals from 130 startups like 123RF, Grab, KFit, iFlix and Lazada.

For the first time in the history of our country, local tech startups have put their industry differences aside and united for a common goal – to give back to the community . – Serene Gan, Project Lead.

Any Malaysian startup can submit deals to go live and it is a 100% free. There is no commission and participation fee. Users can click directly to each startup or just apply the discount code, ‘MERDEKA’.

The group intends to make this a yearly promotion, with plans to track sales and release data in the near future.

A version of this appeared in Tech In Asia on August 1. Read the full version here.