Sisi is being mocked on Twitter for asking Egyptians to donate money every day to the state

Published February 25th, 2016 - 09:29 GMT
Sisi asked citizens to give one Egyptian pound to a government fund on a daily basis via text message. (AFP/File)
Sisi asked citizens to give one Egyptian pound to a government fund on a daily basis via text message. (AFP/File)

Egypt’s president, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, faced intense mockery this week after he gave a speech at a development conference. During the speech, he said that he would sell himself in order to help the country, which led to someone posting him for sale on eBay and receiving bids of over $100,000.

However this was not the only statement he made which was ridiculed.

He also urged Egyptians to send one Egyptian pound ($0.13) per day (via text) to a state fund, known as the Long Live Egypt Fund (Tahya Misr), which was set up in 2014 to financially support the country.

“If 10 million Egyptians out of a total 90 million have mobile phones, they should send a one-pound message everyday, and then [the fund] would raise EGP 10 million a day, EGP 300 million a month, and EGP 4 billion a year,” he reportedly said.

This sparked a viral hashtag on Twitter, with many users mocking his request, and some even claiming that after sending the text they were charged five pounds and not one.

The hashtag, #صبح_علي_مصر_بجنيه roughly translates to "wake up and greet Egypt with a pound."

Donate a pound so we build a prison and jail you in it.

Donate a pound to increase the salaries of judges and police.

Donate a pound so we can buy weapons to attack you with.

And now we cure the state at the expense of the citizens.


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