PETALING JAYA: Former employees of The Rakyat Post have denied any involvement in the “relaunch” of the news portal and its Facebook page.
“We are not part of the new The Rakyat Post as we were not consulted on the rebooting of its operations,” the former editorial team said in a statement on Thursday.
“We would like to stress that we are not part of this as we have yet to be paid the salaries owed to us for January and February,” they added.
The Rakyat Post’s website and Facebook page were rebooted despite an announcement in February that the portal was shutting down its operations in order to undergo a restructuring exercise and to resolve funding issues.
The former editorial team also clarified that they were not responsible for the latest posting on The Rakyat Post Facebook page, which sought proposals from the public on ways the company could increase its funding.
“We stress that we did not consent to this and we played no part in this message.”
“We are not part of the ‘new’ The Rakyat Post and stress that we will continue to demand for our salaries,” they added.
Around 70 employees have been affected by the shutdown. The employees who did not resign were subsequently considered to have been dismissed when the management made the shutdown announcement on Feb 29.
“Since the announcement of the shutdown, the management has yet to have made any contact with us,” they added.
The shutdown notice also affected other staff of the online news portal including those from marketing, graphics and other departments of the companies under the Legion Media Group, which presides over the management of The Rakyat Post.
The affected former employees have also filed complaints with the Labour Department, Industrial Relations Department and the Employees Provident Fund over the company’s failure in remitting payment.