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Kadir blames '4th-floor boys' for Utusan Malaysia's demise

Veteran newsman says political interference in the paper and other mainstream media saw them being rejected.

9/10/2019 12:13:00 PM

Veteran newsman says political interference in the paper and other mainstream media saw them being rejected. FMTNews

Veteran newsman says political interference in the paper and other mainstream media saw them being rejected.

By-October 9, 2019 5:12 PMVeteran newsman Kadir Jasin says the problem was compounded by the advancement of digital technology and the national education system’s failure to retain students’ interest in reading.PETALING JAYA: Prominent blogger Kadir Jasin has blamed the “fourth-floor boys” of the Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and Najib Razak administrations for Utusan Malaysia’s demise.

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In a blog post, Kadir, a veteran newsman, said the unprofessional and excessive interference by the “fourth- floor boys” during the Abdullah era led to readers doubting the paper’s credibility.“One of their biggest mistakes was to use the mainstream media to kill off Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s legacy and prop up Abdullah,” he said, adding this was when mainstream newspapers saw a decline in their quality and sales.

This, Kadir said, was compounded by the advancement of digital technology and the national education system’s failure to retain students’ interest in reading.The situation, he said, became worse under Najib’s “fourth-floor boys” who enlisted the help of “consultants” who took a “slash and burn” approach.

“In the end, newspapers like Utusan Malaysia, Berita Harian and New Straits Times, along with television station TV3, were rejected by readers and viewers.”The irony, he said, was these media organisations were “Malaysianised” during the era of Abdul Razak Hussein but were on their deathbed because of his son, Najib.

Kadir said he could not see how Utusan could be saved unless it was taken over by a new owner who is committed to new age journalism ideals and has deep pockets.“The takeover by Syed Mokhtar Al-Bukhary or anyone with the financial capabilities will surely breathe new life into Media Prima and Utusan. But, ultimately, it comes down to the editors and reporters,” he said, adding it was up to them to restore the confidence of the masses through quality and professional journalism.

It was recently reported that a company, believed to be controlled by tycoon Syed Mokhtar, would take over a controlling stake of Utusan’s publishing company Utusan Melayu (M) Bhd.Today, it was announced that Utusan, the country’s oldest Malay language daily, which started as a Jawi daily in Singapore in 1939, and Kosmo! would cease all operations from today.

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OOOO.... ADA BUDAK DI TINGKAT 4...NI FORM 4 KECIK2 DAH PANDAI EH... 😝😝 political interference, this old man is full of shit lah. He put all his men in nst and berita harian after ge14. Bullshitlah! Agreed. Utusan was a must read, especially when I was sitting for my STPM Kertas Am many, many years back. Now it has been reduced to biased garbage tabloid. Good focking riddance.

Terus terang aku cakap,aku pernah berdepan dengan org2 yg melabel kan akhbar itu dan ini sampah.. cerita menipu dan mcm2 lagi. Mereka suka cerita yg memuji siapa yg mereka sokong. Fakta. Jadi sape yg ptt d salahkan Imam masjidketua kg? Or nenek di rmh org tua? Ape yg aku tahu ni semua keje org politik yang menyebabkan rakyat xnak membeli koran..malah menjelekkan koran2 tertentu... Semua salah ahli politik .... PEMBUNUH SEGALA YG WUJUD ADALAH AHLI POLITIK NAJIS

Apa ni?! If you cannot attract readers and sales, then that's it. You want endless grants or financial help, is it? 4th floor boys? KJ? napoleontheONE If political parties are strong and performing, no need to buy media to control news. Nothing like being praised by a neutral paper for your efforts. Priceless to achieve political mileage.'Understandably, some media are not worth believing. Its propaganda, not news. '

You should know better - after all, you were the 'liaison' that coordinated what does and doesn't gets published back in the 80s itself - setting a gold standard in political intervention for media manipulation. You should know better - after all, you were the 'liaison' that coordinated what does and doesn't gets published back in the 80s itself - setting a gold standard in political intervention in media manipulation.

napoleontheONE What about the decay that started at NST during Kadir Jasin's time as editor-in-chief. Did he conveniently forget that? He attacked anwaribrahim like a hound dog. People lost faith in NST. It never went back to its glory days.

Kadir trains guns on Pak Lah, Najib's 'fourth-floor boys' over Utusan's fateHe says their actions led people to believe that Umno-linked media was biased and lacked credibility. Wah, pandai putar belit sampai penipuan jadi kebenaran. Dari 1981, siapa yg mula memberi tekanan politik sampai terjadi sebegini? Najib mmg ikut la tu tapi Pak Lah adalah mangsa fitnah dari pihak media & akhbar. Jangan buat x tahu la Pak Kadir - ko pengaturcara media utk dia kan. Well said

Kadir trains guns on Pak Lah, Najib's 'fourth-floor boys' over Utusan's fateHe says their actions led people to believe that Umno-linked media was biased and lacked credibility. Wah, pandai putar belit sampai penipuan jadi kebenaran. Dari 1981, siapa yg mula memberi tekanan politik sampai terjadi sebegini? Najib mmg ikut la tu tapi Pak Lah adalah mangsa fitnah dari pihak media & akhbar. Jangan buat x tahu la Pak Kadir - ko pengaturcara media utk dia kan. Well said

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