They're all cowards: Left in the lurch, Utusan staff slam management
KUALA LUMPUR: The owners of Utusan Melayu (M) Bhd failed to face their employees and explain the situation following the decision to liquidate the company, leaving them in the lurch, says National Union Journalist (NUJ) Utusan representative Mohd Taufek Razak.
"We don’t know what our future holds for us, ” said Mohd Taufek, a journalist with the company.He claimed that as of Wednesday (Oct 9), a total of 862 Utusan employees had been put on forced leave until October 30 by the company.They had neither been issued a termination letter nor a job offer.
The company also owed the employees two months of salary, he added.The retrenched workers consisted of staff from various departments, including editorial, marketing and human resources.The newspaper’s main building on Jalan Chan Sow Lin was sealed off at 1pm Wednesday (Oct 9).
“We do not know whether to be angry or sad. We are confused."We have not received any termination letter, only a notice saying that we cannot enter the building after it is sealed at 1pm on Oct 9.“The action by our employer is inhumane – without giving us compensation or proper notice on what is happening as all of this is something which was predictable.
“Today, at the briefing to us, there was not even one representative of the executives, and they left it to the editorial department and liquidator to explain to us what is happening."None of those at the managerial level was here.He said the interim liquidator was kind enough to extend the period until 6pm Thursday (Oct 10) to allow the Utusan staff to clear their belongings from the building.
Many of the employees were in tears as they took their last photographs in the newspaper’s office and carried boxes of their belongings out. Many had worked there for decades.“Despite them not paying us for months, we still worked. We love this company. This is what happens when a political party owns a newspaper – in the end, we are left in a lurch, ” said Mohd Taufek.
The newspaper's executive chairman Datuk Abd Aziz Sheikh Fadzir was quoted as saying that poor cash flow, mounting debts and declining sales led to its board of directors on Monday (Oct 7) approving the Creditor’s Voluntary Liquidation proposal and appointing UHY Advisory (KL) Sdn Bhd as interim liquidator.
“This step had to be taken because the board of directors were of the view that the company is no longer solvent to continue business.“For that reason, the company will cease operations on Wednesday, Oct 9,2019, ” said Abd Aziz in a statement on Wednesday (Oct 9).
The liquidators will be holding a briefing for all workers at 3pm on Oct 30. Read more: The Star »
'they' ? Say it's UMNO who left in Lurch. Umno expects PH Govt to 'babysit' Utusan staffs. That's why UMNO left Utusan staffs in lurch. Just state this Loudly dear Utusan Chief. Take it from me. Utusan workers should stop pleading for help from anyone but fight their cause. They should first OCCUPY the Utusan premises whilst fighting for loss of wages and termination compensation at the Labour Court.
yvonneAPY They are? Really? Suddenly, the brain is functioning again? Well, 'they' certainly were not 'cowards' when you guys were on the gravy train, dishing out lies (and being fucking sued for it numerous times) and racists editorial comments on a daily basis! Well, tough shit! Karma! What else do you expect from UMNO goons?
😂😂😂. Nak salahkan DAP tak Siapa khianat siapa? 😂😂😂. LokmanAdam Tahu tak apa asrulmm They should blacklist all utusan BOD. Total failure on management level. Those idiots laughing to the bank with tons of money. what to do you're the cowards when you decided to follow blindly. now you pay the price for failing at your job. berani baling berani tanggung la
So, where is the bloody stupid Malay/Muslim NGO's in this matter Where is Ummah? Y keep quiet AminuddinYahaya Writing lies all these years. Countless lawsuits lost. You were not a real paper n not real journalists. So happy being a political paper. fantastic. Go claim from umno. No one feels sorry for u.
Where are all the heroes from Umno, PAS and MDC Keep blaming DAP, PKR, blame the whole world. 1Obefiend Hahahaha hahahaha hahahaha hahahaha hahahaha! Mmg tak patut pihak pengurusan buat pekerja depa camni. Harap YB Menteri SyedSaddiq dapat bantu warga kerja Utusan, spt mn YB membantu warga kerja Foodpanda tempohari.
call our sport minister , he is helping youth fighting for job Regardless of what people feel about the publication, this genuinely sucks. Sorry to the people affected & hope you get back on your feet soon. Blame DAP! Easier... Or alternatively, look fr the next job and not to wait for utusan.see maybe syed can help
very irresponsible. Utusan Melayu (Malaysia) must merge into Star Media Group immediately.
Utusan Group ceases operations, staff told to vacate offices by 1pm Wednesday (Oct 9)PETALING JAYA: Employees of Utusan Melayu (Malaysia) Berhad were told to pack up their belongings and leave the office by 1pm on Wednesday (Oct 9) as the cash-strapped company officially ceases operations. Sign of times: we don't need a racist newspaper anymore... Because we have racists everywhere Hahaha. Sayonara. Karma is a gr8 thing. Budak tu tak tolong ker?!
Internal memo states Utusan to shut today, all staff dismissedAn internal memo sighted by Malaysiakini revealed that its sister publication Kosmo! also ceased operations. You reap what you sow...consequences are inevitably shaped by past & present actions. It's too late to feel regret. Well, let's hope all those who attended the 'integrity/dignity congress' (or whatever it was called), will protest publicly and loudly about the loss of dignity in having so many (of their ilk) lose their job(s) - just like that! But do I think it will happen? Fuck....No!!!! Blame DAP!!!! Must blame them! If not... Blame agenda yahudi also works.
Internal memo states Utusan to shut down today, all staff dismissedIts sister publication Kosmo! also ceased operations, the memorandum sighted by Malaysiakini reveals.
End of the road for Utusan Utusan Melayu will stop publishing all three of its main publications tomorrow. FMTNews To be continue Unless BN won back next GE😂😂 Good.. Pegi baca Roket
Utusan tutup operasi mulai esok susulan jual ekuiti kepada Media PrimaKesemua akhbar keluaran Utusan Melayu (M) Berhad akan henti operasi mulai esok FMTNews padan muka. sila mampus Peduli apa mane geng ngok juta juta tak beli ke😁 Syukur
Kumpulan Utusan Melayu berkubur hari ini?kualalumpur Nasib 800 kakitangan Kumpulan Utusan Melayu (M) Bhd kini sekali lagi menjadi tanda tanya apabila operasi syarikat akhbar itu dikatakan akan ditamatkan hari ini. maruah? Tarikh keramat Tutup je lah. Buat berita pon tak berintegriti buat ape. Tak hbs2 dgn politik sebelah pihak