Kosmo reporter turns to Grab as Utusan shutters

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  • Thursday, 10 Oct 2019

JOHOR BARU (Bernama): A Kosmo journalist has been driving Grab since May after his employer, Utusan Melayu, faced a prolonged financial crisis and delayed paying salaries for several months.

Upon receiving an internal memo that the nation’s oldest Malay language newspaper would cease operation on Wednesday (Oct 9), Mohd Izuan Roseli made the decision to become a full-time Grab driver.

He said it was a job which he had to take on until he found a new job.

"If possible, I want to find a job around Johor Baru or try my luck in Singapore. My family is here with me now.

"I think I would not be looking for a media job because the media industry in Malaysia is downsizing, with some media companies facing financial constraints, ” said the Penang-born reporter, when contacted by Bernama on Thursday (Oct 10).

The 29-year-old father, who served Utusan for six years, said he was not looking forward to any decisions to be made by the company on Oct 30 and was already planning to look for new job opportunities as soon as possible.

Meanwhile, Utusan's Johor bureau marketing executive, Mohd Shahrul Azhar Yaacob, said he did not expect the company to be closed down so soon, saying the management should have given advance notice.

"We did not expect it to shut down immediately. We should have been notified three months earlier so that we could prepare and have time to look for jobs elsewhere.

"There were rumours (on the closure), but no hints. We were all waiting for what has actually happened.

"And when we found out about the meeting, we were eventually told to gather our belongings and vacate the building, ” said the father of a four-year-old boy.

Mohd Shahrul Azhar, who served 12 years in Utusan, said despite being sad about the whole thing, he was grateful that his wife, a civil servant, was able to support the family until he found a new job.

"I am just wondering about my other friends who are married with many children whose their wives are full-time housewives will cope, ” he said, hoping the management will provide allocations for staff who lost their source of income. – Bernama

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