A Tale Of 2 Newspapers And Its Lesson To Others


It is sad that Utusan Malaysia had to fold
Just six months ago, one of the oldest Tamil dailies, Tamil Nesan, also met the same fate
Financial difficulties, lack of political patronage and reduced readership contributed to the cessation of these publications
The saddest part of their closure were the hundreds of workers who became unemployed. In Utusan’s case, 800 people lost their jobs
They now face an uphill task in finding jobs to feed their families
These two papers – Utusan Malaysia and Tamil Nesan – were at one time under the patronage of Umno and MIC, who kept alive the dailies while in power
The problem started the day Barisan Nasional lost the general election
But it could have been mitigated to some extent, had the dailies been independent and practised balanced news coverage
Unfortunately, the management and editorial staff became arrogant. They thought Umno and MIC were unshakable, and ignored other political parties they were not in favour of
Utusan lived in its own make-believe world, where Umno was right and the party and its policies had to be supported at all costs
Even legal suits were inconsequential for the publication
It was only a matter of time before the paper lost its legitimacy
Utusan Malaysia might have been the favourite Malay daily for some time. But whatever progressive content it had was reduced to the survival requirements of Umno
Umno became the “albatross around the neck” of the paper
The financial lifeline thrown by Umno was not forever
Alternative sources of information, online publications and the difficulty of censoring soon dawned upon Utusan and other dailies
With declining circulation, revenue was affected
Utusan clung on with powerful patronage from Umno, but it was a just a matter of time before Umno and BN cracked under the burden of corruption, scandals and rising expectations
In the case of Tamil Nesan, it was owned/controlled by former MIC president S Samy Vellu and his cronies
The paper had in its early years covered broad aspects of Malaysian Indians, their problems and their future prospects
I remember when I was working closely with plantation workers in places like Pahang, Selangor and Melaka in the 1980s and 1990s – Tamil Nesan was the only publication that gave effective coverage on the plight of plantation workers
But like Utusan with Umno, Tamil Nesan came to be closely integrated with the MIC leadership, particularly under Samy
It merely echoed the views of the MIC leadership. It lost its respect and support from rank-and-file Indians, especially among the working class
Soon the publication’s sales dropped as more Indians turned to other Tamil-language publications such as Malaysia Nanban and Makkal Osai
Tamil Nesan was eventually folded up by none other than Samy’s son, Vell Paari, who cited financial difficulties
The fate suffered by the two Malaysian dailies is an important lesson for other publications
In the plethora of alternative news sources, political patronage is not enough to save newspapers from oblivion
The sad part of the Utusan and Tamil Nesan episodes is the fate of their workers and their families
P Ramasamy is Penang deputy chief minister II. - FMT

Artikel ini hanyalah simpanan cache dari url asal penulis yang berkebarangkalian sudah terlalu lama atau sudah dibuang :

http://malaysiansmustknowthetruth.blogspot.com/2019/10/a-tale-of-2-newspapers-and-its-lesson.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+MalaysiansMustKnowTheTruth+%28Malaysians+Mu

Kempen Promosi dan Iklan
Kami memerlukan jasa baik anda untuk menyokong kempen pengiklanan dalam website kami. Serba sedikit anda telah membantu kami untuk mengekalkan servis percuma aggregating ini kepada semua.

Anda juga boleh memberikan sumbangan anda kepada kami dengan menghubungi kami di sini
The Reason Pakatan Harapan Cannot Deliver Its New Malaysia Promise

The Reason Pakatan Harapan Cannot Deliver Its New Malaysia Promise

papar berkaitan - pada 5/10/2019 - jumlah : 61 hits
Yes Pakatan Harapan has lied to us They told us that Malaysians now live in the New Malaysia They say the New Malaysia is different and far better than the old Malaysia They say in the New Malaysia we have more democracy civil liberties fre...
As China Marks Birthday World Worries About Its Ambitions

As China Marks Birthday World Worries About Its Ambitions

papar berkaitan - pada 2/10/2019 - jumlah : 42 hits
The celebration of the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People s Republic of China today will be an exuberant affair involving glitzy cultural events an extravagant state dinner attended by Chinese and foreign luminaries and a grand ...
Khazanah Must Bide Its Time For Asset Sales

Khazanah Must Bide Its Time For Asset Sales

papar berkaitan - pada 1/10/2019 - jumlah : 41 hits
QUESTION TIME Soon after the Pakatan Harapan government took over in May 2018 16 months ago an unlikely target that resurrected Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad trained his guns on was Khazanah Nasional Bhd the national sovereign wealth f...
The Show Must Go On Kwjf Will Have Its Venue Date Back To Normal Next Year

The Show Must Go On Kwjf Will Have Its Venue Date Back To Normal Next Year

papar berkaitan - pada 28/9/2019 - jumlah : 38 hits
KUCHING The next edition of the Kuching Waterfront Jazz Festival will be held at Kuching Waterfront next year says Minister of Tourism Arts Culture Youth and Sports Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah He asserted that during the first editions ...
Shin Yang Showcases Its Properties At Sheda Roadshow

Shin Yang Showcases Its Properties At Sheda Roadshow

papar berkaitan - pada 6/10/2019 - jumlah : 24 hits
Shin Yang Construction s property sales advisors pose for a photo call at the company s booth in the ongoing Sheda Roadshow at Bintang Megamall Miri MIRI Shin Yang Construction Sdn Bhd is showcasing its various properties including Taman Ba...
Yoursay A Race That Let Its Leaders Steal Can Never Progress

Yoursay A Race That Let Its Leaders Steal Can Never Progress

papar berkaitan - pada 11/10/2019 - jumlah : 66 hits
YOURSAY Bersatu s dilemma stay with Harapan or join Umno PAS Hmmmmmmmm So finally the cat is out of the bag This the whole purpose of organising the Malay Dignity Congress isn t it The organiser tries to bring in the leaders of the Malay ba...
Hezbollah Vows To Increase Its Involvement In Syria S Civil War

Hezbollah Vows To Increase Its Involvement In Syria S Civil War

papar berkaitan - pada 16/10/2019 - jumlah : 77 hits
Reuters Hezbollah is fighting across all of Syria alongside the army of President Bashar al Assad and is willing to increase its presence there when needed the leader of the Lebanese Shi ite movement said on Sunday Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah t...
Report Israel Offered Saudi Arabia Its Iron Dome Defense System To Secure Its Border With Yemen

Report Israel Offered Saudi Arabia Its Iron Dome Defense System To Secure Its Border With Yemen

papar berkaitan - pada 16/10/2019 - jumlah : 74 hits
Soldiers stand near the Iron Dome missile defense system outside Tel Aviv Jerusalem Post Rocket defense system was offered for Saudis to secure its border with Yemen Arabic language newspaper Rai al Youm reported on Saturday that Israel has...
Ex Utusan Boss Says Paper Valued Its Brand More Than Staff

Ex Utusan Boss Says Paper Valued Its Brand More Than Staff

papar berkaitan - pada 13/10/2019 - jumlah : 67 hits
The decision by the Utusan Melayu Bhd management to choose creditors of their newspaper was to save the newspaper s brand and license Former Utusan Melayu group chief editor Johan Jaafar also alleged it they only looked at business interest...
Gaji Rm140 000 Sebulan

Iphone 12 New Design Leaks Four Cameras Up To Price

Tikus Dijumpai Di Marikh

Filem Dia Pun Kualiti Rendah Ahmad Idham Dikecam Bila Gesa Kerajaan Tapis Netflix

Model Antarabangsa Tawan Dunia Dengan Muka Jeragat Mereka

Drama Titian Takdir

3d Corridor Wallpaper Wall Decor

Beli Hp Secara Ansuran Kenapa Tidak



6 Kisah Orang Sanggup Gadai Nyawa Untuk Matlamat Tersendiri

8 Wabak Penyakit yang Paling Membinasakan

Superiority Complex Orang China Ingin Kuasai Dunia Semangat Tianxia

7 Fakta Dahsyat Tentang Krisis Vape Yang Semakin Membimbangkan

6 Bandar Utama Dalam Sejarah Kegemilangan Islam


Hishammuddin Khianati Rakyat Lagi Kata Lokman Adam

Punca Dari Main Basikal Lajak Sempat Lagi Membahan Zizan Lega Uai Makin Sembuh

Datang Mesyuarat Parti Wan Azizah Beritahu Azmin

Masalah Tinja Melekat Pada Mangkuk Tandas Diselesaikan Dengan Lapisan Permukaan Adilicin Ini

Saranan Aplikasi Di Google Play Store Kini Dijana Kecerdasan Buatan Deepmind

Spotify Premium Kini Ditawarkan Percuma Selama Tiga Bulan Kepada Pengguna Yang Layak