Utusan shutdown partly due to PH govt freezing accounts, says Umno

Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi says they are unable to offer financial assistance to the company or 800 workers as a result, unlike in the past.

9/10/2019 3:02:00 PM

Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi says they are unable to offer financial assistance to the company or 800 workers as a result, unlike in the past. FMTNews

Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi says they are unable to offer financial assistance to the company or 800 workers as a result, unlike in the past.

A Utusan Malaysia worker leaving with her belongings after the company ceased operations today.KUALA LUMPUR: Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi says the Pakatan Harapan(PH) government is partly to blame for the closure of Utusan Melayu (Malaysia) Bhd’s operations after it was announced that they will cease operations for all three of its main publications from today.

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While sympathising with Utusan staff who lost their jobs, Zahid said Putrajaya’s “cruelty” in freezing Umno’s accounts made them unable to offer financial assistance to the media company.“What has happened and the misfortune that has befallen Utusan workers is very sad, not only for Utusan staff but also for the public, particularly readers.

“This is because Umno’s own accounts, which had often given financial help to Utusan, could not do that any more as the party’s accounts have been frozen.“So it’s partly because of the current government’s cruelty as they have frozen the accounts,” he told reporters outside the Dewan Rakyat today.

Zahid added that Umno will leave the future of the media company to the new management and new shareholders.On Monday, Utusan said it would sell a 70% stake in Dilof to Aurora Mulia Sdn Bhd, a major stakeholder of Media Prima, to ensure that the 80-year-old Utusan and 15-year-old Kosmo! could continue operations.

However, it was announced earlier today that they would be ceasing all operations from today onwards, leaving around 800 staff jobless.Umno secretary-general Annuar Musa said the party will not be intervening in the closure as it was a business decision made by the board members.

He added that Umno had no say on board decisions as the party only holds a small share in Utusan.“Personally, of course, it would be unfortunate if the printing of Utusan were to end.“Utusan has been around even before independence and it played a role in promoting nationalism and fighting for independence.

A staff member of Utusan Malaysia gets ready to leave with his possessions.“Its history is long but we cannot be nostalgic in business. It had to make a business decision and we have to respect that,” he said when met by reporters outside the Dewan Rakyat today.

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Meanwhile, in a Twitter posting, PKR president Anwar Ibrahim expressed sympathy for Utusan staff who had lost their jobs after they were informed of the closure this morning.Anwar said he hoped other media agencies would be willing to hire them to ensure they can continue to provide for themselves.

Human Resources Minister M Kula Segaran said earlier that Utusan staff who lost their jobs can apply for the Employment Insurance System (EIS) under Perkeso.With the programme, Kula said workers can receive some form of income for six months with a payment of up to 80% of their salary for the first month.

He said in that six months, they can then look for jobs and go for upskilling courses covered by the EIS if they are willing.Utusan was the country’s oldest Malay language daily, starting as a Jawi daily in Singapore in 1939.At its height, the company employed 2,000 people, including some 500 editorial staff, although it announced several restructuring measures following the change of government in May 2018.

The paper was often criticised for its uncomplimentary coverage of opposition leaders during the Barisan Nasional rule. Read more: Free Malaysia Today »

Utusan itu bukan perniagaan je? PH shouldn’t be heartless. Ahli umno pun tak beli akhbar utusan. Can’t be profitable business if always sued for lying & slander & lose by millions n millions ... WHAT OFFER FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE? DID HE REALIZE WHAT HIS TALKING ABOUT 😂😂😂😂😜 If three million umno members buy utusan for at least once a week, sudah cukupla boleh tolong utusan. But as we all know umno members are lazy and dont like to read newspapers. They only like fake news on the internet.

Statement by a bull wth full of shit..🤣 Because your financial assistance came from stolen money. If it was run like a real company without dumno being involved they’d have jobs today. Happy to hear that there is no more “Senyum Kambing” Total bullshit yup,too bad cannot help poor malaysians as they can't curi duit rakyat to help rakyat!. curi rm1B help u rm1. too bad.

Utusan is a listed company and derived their revenue from their activities. But because they mixed with Umno and involved in dirty politics they keep being sued for slanders. Then they keep borrowing from bank to to finance their business. So who's fault? This is what happens when UMNO was corrupt. In the end the common man suffers.

Ahli2 UMNO PAS takan tak boleh derma bulanan sikit sikit sorang utk selamatkan & stabilkan Utusan? Cakap maruah bangsa....tapi sanggup tengok Utusan tengelam Kita org cina pun derma camni juga utk tokong2 & sekolah2 cina. Yg mampu derma lebih, yg kurang mampu, derma sikit If u have to dig through savings for several years to pay up the workers, the business was already dying waiting to be unplug.

Don't disturb That’s like complaining he cannot infect his wives and other women with venereal diseases because PH rubber-banded his teeny penis. Too bad it wasn’t chopped off.

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