We’ve always made it a practice to be upfront with all of you, and we’re not about to stop now. In early June, we found out that our previous benefactors, Free Malaysia Today, would not be continuing to support The Level financially, ceasing our operations immediately. The next several weeks following our site going dark was a rush of mad planning and sleepless hard work as we are now a media entity on our own under the ownership of 1821 Media Sdn Bhd.
We are effectively a start-up from here on in, and the long road ahead is as difficult as any but so exciting that we can’t sleep anyway. It’s hard to think back to six months ago when the powers that be at FMT gave us the thumbs up to create our own vision of a Millennial news portal that we would shut down three months after launch, and then strike out on our own. For the five of us who started this journey together, and our friends who came aboard along the way in Anna Kong, Anass Akbar, Lizzie Zany, Jeremy Say, Jo Yee, and of course, foodievstheworld , this year has been a wild ride, and those of us continuing together cannot wait to get started proper.
But enough about us. Not many people know this (mostly because we had no space in the logo before), but our tag line is ‘Taking youth and being young seriously’, and that is our entire mission statement here at The Level. We are here for you, to support you and your efforts because they are far more important than a lot of people admit or recognise. This site is about you, and from here on in our sole goal is to keep that promise to you.
The Malaysian Census reported in 2012 that the youth population in Malaysia will hit some 14 million odd by 2020- nearly a full half of our entire population. It’s time our interests and efforts were taken seriously, and given the attention and importance ‘adult news’ does. It doesn’t mean it all has to be serious– if anything we Millenials have shown a steadfast devotion to preserving our sense of fun- but it means that more than anything else that happens in this country, we put what you do first and at the centre of attention.
Although The Level as it was is back online and we’ll be coming out with more articles and videos for all of you in the coming weeks, this isn’t the end of the changes we’re bringing to the site as a whole. We hope you’ll come along with us for the journey, and as always, if you have anything you want to share with us, please do contact us and we’ll get to you as soon as we can. So before I go, thank you all so much for coming this far with us, and we can’t wait to show you what else we have in store.
With more love than you can imagine,
Scott, Matt, Mahesh, Shazwan, Ziddy, Hannah, Jeremy.