KUALA LUMPUR: Some of the Utusan Melayu (M) Bhd employees under the previous management will be rehired by the “new Utusan”, says Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
The Prime Minister, however, did not say how many would be taken back by the new company.
“Utusan will be managed by a new company that will take it over. As far as the workers are concerned, some of them will be taken back to work with the new Utusan, ” he said.
Dr Mahathir was asked on the fate of 862 employees of the nation's oldest Malay paper after he launched the International Greentech and Eco Products Exhibition and Conference Malaysia (iGEM) 2019 at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre here Thursday (Oct 10).
Yesterday (Oct 9), the 862 employees of the Utusan media group were left in the lurch after the company folded, with neither a termination letter nor a job offer.
The company also owes them two months’ salary.
It was announced that Aurora Mulia Sdn Bhd has acquired a 70% stake of Utusan-owned Dilof Sdn Bhd, which is the company holding the printing permits for the four newspapers under the Utusan group – Utusan Malaysia, Mingguan Malaysia, Kosmo! and Kosmo! Ahad.
Aurora Mulia, which is linked to tycoon Tan Sri Syed Mokhtar Al-Bukhary, also holds 31.22% of Media Prima Bhd, currently Malaysia’s largest media conglomerate.
Utusan Malaysia was first published as Utusan Melayu in Jawi in 1939 in Singapore.
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