Utusan’s demise is PH’s greatest achievement in combatting racism

Utusan’s demise is PH’s greatest achievement in combatting racism

PUCHONG: A government backbencher said that the demise of Malay daily, Utusan Malaysia, as Pakatan Harapan’s (PH) greatest achievement in combatting racism.

“I think the demise of Utusan would be PH’s greatest achievement as we seek to bury racism in this country and celebrate our 62 years of independence,” said Jelutong MP RSN Rayer of the DAP.

Utusan Melayu Sdn Bhd has decided to cease the operations of both Utusan Malaysia and Kosmo despite having a history of being the conscience of the Malay community due to heavy debts.

Staff at the daily held a protest yesterday as they were not paid. The last edition of both dailies would be available tomorrow.

Rayer added that Utusan Malaysia had been at the forefront in spewing out inflammatory headlines and targetted Pakatan Harapan leaders and the DAP.

“Utusan also frequently used to target Pakatan Harapan’s leaders like Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim, Lim Guan Eng, and the DAP who were all forced to file numerous legal suits for defamation.

He also accused the daily of not contributing to nation building.

“This newspaper has for the record not contributed any sweat to nation building and national integration since our independence.

“This newspaper has only spewed racism, hate, divisive politics, and bigotry in its hey days.”

On that note, Rayer who sympathised with the predicament that befell the staff of Utusan Malaysia hoped that the PH government would be offering alternative jobs to the Utusan employees who have been left in the lurch.

“I also firmly believe that these employees are blameless as it was their top bosses and editors who were calling the shots under Umno.”

Meanwhile, Rayer retracted his statement hours later, claiming it was circulated before he could check its contents.

“Just now, the copy was sent out before I could check.

“I just came back from my court work. I checked with my office, they had already sent it out. My aide was supposed to hold it but she sent it out,” he told Malaysiakini.

Rayer’s amendment came after coming under fire from the media fraternity. However, the DAP MP denied that he was pressured to make the changes.

“Nothing, no pressure,” he said.

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