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Crowdfunding drive to keep Yasmin Ahmad Museum open reaches just under $20,000

Yasmin AhmadA crowdfunding drive to save a museum devoted to the life and work of the late ECD of Leo Burnett Malaysia Yasmin Ahmad from closure has raised enough money to keep the doors open for now.

The fundraiser, launched through the platform startsomegood.com a month ago, has raised US$19,748 from 132 donors from Japan, New Zealand, South Korea and Cambodia as well as Malaysia. It fell short of the target of $70,000.

The funds will go towards creating permanent installations, curating future exhibitions, running workshops, paying for operating costs and extending the museum’s opening hours. The museum is currently only open at weekends.

Further donations towards the Yasmin at Kong Heng museum can be made by leaving a message on its Facebook page.

“God willing, Yasmin’s work will continue to move Malaysians to understand and love each other as she did, and inspire them to greater, kinder things,” said Datin Orked, Ahmad’s sister, in a press release from Leo Burnett Malaysia.

Ahmad is regarded as one of Malaysia’s, and Asia’s, finest ever creative directors and film-makers.

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