Dr M on Utusan ban: We're not going to burn newspapers

KUALA LUMPUR: Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad (pic) said people are free to read the Malay-language daily Utusan Malaysia outside of schools.

The Prime Minister was commenting on the Education Ministry's decision to terminate subscriptions to the newspaper  from all schools and universities.

"We are not stopping people from reading the paper. They are free to do so.

"We are not going arrest people and burn the newspapers," he told reporters after attending the Pakatan Harapan presidential council meeting in Parliament on Thursday (Aug 2).

A July 18 memo issued by the Ministry's special advisor Wan Saiful Wan Jan, addressed to secretary-general Datuk Dr Mohd Gazali Abas, instructed that the subscription be cancelled with immediate effect.

All departments, agencies, schools, universities and colleges under the Ministry will no longer be receiving the daily.

Education Minister Dr Maszlee Malik said he was unaware of the internal memo ordering all its institutions to stop their Utusan Malaysia subscriptions.

Asked about this in Parliament on Wednesday (Aug 1), he said he would seek clarification on the matter with Wan Saiful.