The Nut Graph needs your support

Updated 12.20pm on 5 March 2014: The Nut Graph is no longer seeking financial contributions from the public. See further update under An update about donations made to The Nut Graph

AS part of The Nut Graph‘s continuing efforts to raise funds for our operations, we are selling the remaining copies of my book, Shape of a Pocket, which was published in 2008 by The Edge. The book is no longer available in book stores.

The book is a compilation of my columns of the same name which ran in theSun newspaper from April 2005 to January 2008. It also includes four previously spiked columns that could not be published in theSun. The book contains 59 essays that examine the issues of Islam, democracy, the media, rights, and identity in contemporary Malaysia.

Purchasing the book

The book is retailing at RM25 per book and purchases can be made in the following ways:

1. Send us a cheque made out to The Nut Graph Sdn Bhd and mail it to:

The Nut Graph Sdn Bhd
Suite #164 MBE Puchong
No. 10, Persiaran Puteri 1, Bandar Puteri,
47100 Puchong, Selangor,


2. Payment can be made directly into The Nut Graph Sdn Bhd’s Maybank Account No: 5123-4364-4634


The company registration number is: 1073471-V

Please remember to e-mail [email protected] the online bank transcript so we’ll know your payment has been made.

For step-by-step instructions on how to transfer from your Maybank account to our Public Bank account, please refer below.

3. You can also make a credit card payment through PayPal:

Book delivery

1. For purchases of 10 copies or more within the Klang Valley, The Nut Graph will deliver the books directly.

2. For purchases of less than 10 copies, books will be mailed using Pos Malaysia.

Thank you for your continuing support of The Nut Graph.

Jacqueline Ann Surin
Co-founder/ Editor
The Nut Graph
7 April 2010

[Please also read Supporting The Nut Graph‘s Plan B]

An update about donations made to The Nut Graph

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[Updated] After finally sorting out our book keeping, we now know that we have enough funds, as of 19 Oct 2010, to last till the end of 2011 under Plan B even if we need to cover by-elections and a general election. Hence, we are stopping our call for financial contributions from the public.


AS of 5 Jan 2010, The Nut Graph received a total of RM41,503.83 in donations from 132 individuals. We are, of course, thankful to all our readers who have given us money to help us carry on the work we are doing as an independent online news and analysis site. Some of these individuals we have thanked publicly on our site. Others have chosen to remain anonymous.

As I’ve stated before, The Nut Graph‘s monthly overheads were about RM80,000. But that does not take into consideration any costly eventualities such as another by-election that may take us out of town.

And so it’s apparent that public donations alone is not what will keep The Nut Graph sustainable. Naturally, the most number of donations were made in August 2009 when I first made an appeal for support (see original appeal below). The donations have been dwindling over the past few months, which was to be expected.

As I’ve said before in my last Shape of a Pocket column for 2009, The Nut Graph needs a sustainable business model if it is to survive as a business. The question we are faced with in the newsroom is who will pay for good journalism that holds the authorities accountable and provides space for different legitimate voices. Increasingly, we believe the consumer has to pay if the cost cannot be sufficiently covered by online advertising and other revenue streams.

And so, we are studying the real possibility of having a subscription-based model so that we can generate some income to keep doing the journalism we are doing. Please help us by telling us in this five-minute survey whether you would subscribe to The Nut Graph so that we can make an informed decision about the way forward.

For now, the donation drive is still on. We still have some remaining seed money to keep going and so have not yet dipped into the over RM40,000 we received through readers’ generosity. But the money will be used and when it is, we will provide an accounting of how the money was spent.

We hope you will continue to read The Nut Graph and provide critical feedback.

Jacqueline Ann Surin
Co-founder/ Editor
The Nut Graph
11 Jan 2010

THE Nut Graph was launched in August 2008, and was made possible because Cindy Tham and I were given seed money by Malaysian investors to set up an independent news website.

However, in May 2009, our investors notified us that they can no longer continue funding The Nut Graph beyond March 2010 because of certain circumstances. And so, Cindy and I are now faced with the possibility that what we launched a year ago will have to be shut down.

If we are to keep going though, we will need your support. Any amount, whether RM10, RM10,000, RM100,000 or more, would be welcome so that we can last as long as possible with whatever funds we can raise.

And if you could convince ten friends to also support The Nut Graph, no matter the amount of their donation, that would help us tremendously in keeping the site alive.

Good journalism inexpensive..i mean, is expensive

We need your help because journalism is expensive and good journalism that upholds fairness, accuracy and responsibility even more so. It would indeed be a shame if we had to shut down a website that has tried its best to uphold good journalistic principles while reporting independently and fearlessly.

Apart from seeking public donations, we have also approached funding agencies to help us with bridge funding. We are also exploring different collaborations so that we can generate more revenue from advertisements and other ventures.

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We believe that Malaysia needs as much critical and independent journalism as it can benefit from. It is good journalism that helps keep government, political parties, politicians, companies and decision-makers accountable.

But we can’t do it alone. We can only continue doing what we are doing at The Nut Graph if people support us in whatever way they can. We hope enough people will because enough people believe that good journalism in Malaysia is worth supporting.

Thank you.

Jacqueline Ann Surin
The Nut Graph

1 Aug 2009

How to donate:

1. Donations can be directly deposited into Insight News Sdn Bhd’s Public Bank Account No: 314 5184 219.


The company registration number is: 805299M

2. If you would like to send us a cheque, please make the cheque out to Insight News Sdn Bhd and mail it to:

Insight News Sdn Bhd
Suite #190 MBE Puchong
No. 10, Persiaran Puteri 1, Bandar Puteri,
47100 Puchong, Selangor,


3. Steps to transfer money from Maybank2U account to Public Bank account:

  • Login at
  • Go to “Accounts and Banking”, select “Transfers”
  • Select “New interbank GIRO transfer” for one-time payment
  • Or select “Favourite interbank GIRO transfer” to add favourite recipient for repeated payments
  • Click to request a TAC (Transaction Authorisation Number) to be sent by SMS
  • Select a recipient bank: Public Bank
  • Input these details:

* Payment type: Fund Transfer
* Account number: 3145184219 [input without space]
* Recipient name: Insight News Sdn Bhd
* Recipient ID: 805299M [company registration number]
* Input the TAC received via SMS
* Amount to be transferred
* A description for this transfer, eg, “Nut Graph donation”

Maybank will send another SMS to inform you of the transfer amount.

4. You can also make a donation through credit card on PayPal:

5. For accountability purposes, if you deposit your donation directly into our account, please contact us by e-mail to let us know who you are and how we can reach you. However, we will also accept anonymous donations.

6. All donations, where names and addresses of donors are made available, will be issued with receipts upon request.

7. In the event that despite your donation, The Nut Graph is unable to raise enough funds to sustain operations, we will donate whatever public funds we have left to the Centre for Independent Journalism, Malaysia, as a way to spread the support for efforts to promote good journalism.

8. For enquiries, please contact Jacqueline Ann Surin at [email protected]


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President of the Malaysian Bar (2007-2008)

I am impressed by The Nut Graph‘s courage and commitment to responsible journalism. I appreciate the look and feel of their website and their creativity in finding new ways to make their site more interactive.

The Nut Graph plays a critical role in today’s Malaysia and in our ongoing democratisation. The bold but fair opinion pieces trigger public debate, making it a vital tool in raising the people’s political consciousness. Malaysians can speak to each other through The Nut Graph and can do so confident in the knowledge that they will get honest coverage.

The Nut Graph certainly has my support.

Clive S Kessler
Emeritus Professor of Sociology and Anthropology, School of Social Sciences and International Studies, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

The Nut Graph is different. Its news coverage is broad. Yet it has a specific focus or thematic emphasis: upon politics, popular culture, and the connections between them. The Nut Graph combines the presentation of intensive factual reporting of major political developments with extremely thoughtful, original and subtle analytical writing. Others aim to shock, surprise, and perhaps entertain or even titillate and agitate. The hallmark of The Nut Graph‘s approach is that it is thoughtful, measured, reflective and responsible — responsible to the truth, to the facts, to good common sense and human decency — and always sensitive, in a principled and inclusive manner, to the complexity of Malaysian society.

Dr Farish A Noor
Senior Fellow, S Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

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Among all the online news sites that have emerged in Malaysia, The Nut Graph stands apart for its excellent standard of reporting, its objectivity and impartiality, and as a source of frank opinions. It also stands apart for posing challenging questions. From the academic’s point of view, I value it highly as it is perhaps the only online news portal that can be relied upon for academic purposes, to provide factual reporting and analysis, guaranteed by the high standards of scrupulous reporting that it should be justifiably proud of. There is, literally, no other site like it in Malaysia today.

Ragunath Kesavan
President of the Malaysian Bar (2009- )

Ragunath Kesavan pic and pullquoteThrough its editorial, comments and correction policies, The Nut Graph demonstrates that the media can self regulate responsibly, ethically and professionally, and does not need the government to control what it should or should not publish. Despite being a newcomer on the media scene, it is setting new benchmarks in Malaysia for independent, intelligent and ethical news reporting that others would do well to emulate.

The Bar Council supports such media practices. We believe that these best practices are crucial if we are to engage in informed, responsible and constructive dialogue about issues of importance to us all.

Reporters Without Borders, Paris

The Nut Graph is one of the few news websites in Malaysia that is objective and impartial and checks its facts. Committed to responsible journalism ever since its creation, it has become an indispensible source of information that can explain Malaysian politics. We are very worried by its possible disappearance, which would seriously weaken media diversity in Malaysia.”

Tamir Moustafa
Associate Professor, Simon Fraser University, Canada

I have found The Nut Graph to be the single most valuable resource for building my understanding of the Malaysian political scene. From its in-depth reporting, to careful and thoughtful political analysis, to pithy and heartfelt commentary, The Nut Graph stands head and shoulders over the rest. This sort of honest, independent, and fair-minded coverage of pressing political and social issues is a crucial ingredient for building a vibrant civil society and a democratic Malaysia. My admiration for The Nut Graph and its writers grows by the day.

Toby Mendel
Senior Legal Counsel, Article 19, London

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As an international human rights NGO, Article 19 has always found The Nut Graph to be a very useful source of alternative news and information regarding Malaysia. Given the paucity of independent and authentic news sources in this context, The Nut Graph serves an invaluable role. It also maintains high standards of journalism, including through its archived list of corrections. It would be a great shame indeed if you were unable to keep this source of information alive.

Angela Kuga Thas and Loh Yin San
Women’s Candidacy Initiative (WCI)

The Nut Graph plays a critical role in the news analyses it provides. You would not read “just another news article” with The Nut Graph. They are thoughtful and thought-provoking pieces, and the reader has every opportunity to provide his or her own viewpoint — the essence of a democratic space. Writers like Deborah Loh and Wong Chin Huat are gems with their take on realpolitik, and Shanon Shah’s interview pieces are excellent. The Nut Graph also actively supports young women writers as journalists. For these reasons, the Women’s Candidacy Initiative encourages everyone to support The Nut Graph, as an emerging leader in delivering the news to us.

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Executive Director, Centre for Independent Journalism, Malaysia

The Nut Graph has tried to push the bounds of professionalism in journalism, in terms of responsibility to readers (making clear any editorial revision, for example); ensuring accuracy (by conducting quote and fact checks which is far from standard practice in any other online or print media); and in terms of the breadth of issues they cover. The Centre for Independent Journalism is happy to endorse The Nut Graph and hopes that Malaysia will keep this exciting new voice in journalism.

Dr Yeoh Seng Guan
Senior Lecturer, Monash University Sunway Campus
Asian Public Intellectual (2005-2006)
Suaram Secretariat Member

The Nut Graph is a thinking person’s news portal. In a milieu where much news and commentary are packaged in sensationalist and dumbed-down forms, The Nut Graph is refreshingly different. Often, its writers fuse pithy reporting with sharp, accessible and insightful analysis. It is also clear that they pay serious heed to high journalistic ethics in how they engage with the people, voices and trends that constitute Malaysian realities. In both form and deed, The Nut Graph enlarges and invigorates democratic spaces and ideals.

Zaharom Nain
ZaharomCentre for Policy Research and International Studies, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang

In a very short space of time, The Nut Graph has become easily the most credible and impartial online news site in Malaysia. Its hallmark continues to be its considered and in-depth features, which often have the added value of being hard-hitting. Quite simply, the presence of The Nut Graph is crucial in an environment where both traditional and new media have been attacked for relaying gossip and lies, and have been criticised for being partisan. The Nut Graph continues to give the lie to such accusations by maintaining the highest standards of professional reporting, and creatively utilising the new media.

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