Umno to let go of Utusan Melayu

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UMNO to relinquish control of Utusan Melayu

Utusan Melayu (Malaysia) Bhd, the UMNO owned newspaper group is expected to have new owners soon.

This will likely occur after its restructuring and staff voluntary separation scheme which will let go of some 750employees.

It will also close down its printing plant in Kuala Terengganu and five of its magazine titles and four digital magazines.

The newspaper has for a long time now depended on government contracts to survive as newspaper readership plunged.

This was before the last general election ushered in a new government and the whole scenario changed for the publication.

Some of the controversial contracts that were given earlier include one to supply more than 180,000 tablets to teachers nationwide which was awarded last year.

The company was also awarded the job for printing Barisan Nasional campaign posters in the run up to the last elections which were worth some RM30 million.



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