KUALA LUMPUR – The closure of Utusan Melayu (M) Berhad marks a dark chapter in the media history of Malaysia.
The news group was an important institution in the country, especially for the Malay community, said the Member of Parliament of Rembau, Khairy Jamaluddin.
He said, the winding down of the company was truly shocking as it was one of the pioneers who fought for the independence of the country.
“Historically, Utusan Malaysia was not the spokesperson for a party (UMNO).
“Utusan was the voice and pulse of the Malays and pioneered the fight for independence. Its contents were for the Malays, to strengthen the Malays,” he said during and Expression Programme for New Malaysia, Reality Talk at the University of Malaya today.
Last Tuesday, the Board of Directors of Utusan Melayu Berhad (Utusan) have decided to wind down the company with immediate effect.
Its Executive Chairman, Datuk Abd Aziz Sheikh Fadzir said, the Board of Directors have approved the proposal for Creditors’ Voluntary Liquidation on 7 October 2019.
The move had to be made as the company is no longer solvent to continue its business.
In another development, Khairy also urged for a special organisation to be set up to monitor the media in Malaysia so that they would be more organised and free in their coverage.
He said, the measure is needed to free the media from the grasps of the post 14th General Election (GE14).
He also suggested that the mainstream media no longer need to be registered with the Home Ministry while the electronic media no longer need to be controlled by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC). He is confident that the media practitioners in the country know their responsibility in reporting what is right according to the latest development.
However, he said, the wish can only come through political commitment and structure in order to return the credibility of the media in Malaysia. -MalaysiaGazette