Forum: The survival of Malay language newspapers
Saturday Oct 9
UiTM, Shah Alam
Did you know that the largest circulation daily is a BM-language newspaper, the Harian Metro? And yet, the future of credible Malay language newspapers are in the balance. Why is that? Why are advertisers shunning the Malay dailies? And why are the people who claim to fight for Press freedom calling for Utusan Malaysia, the oldest Malay newspaper, to be boycotted?
At a tribute to the nation's 8th Tokoh Wartawan Negara, CC Liew, yesterday at the Sime Darby Convention in KL, former editor-in-chief of Utusan Malaysia (and the 7th TWN) Zainudin Maidin aka Zam recalled how Utusan Malaysia was helping out Sin Chew Jit Poh, the newspaper CC Liew was editing, by providing it with newsprint. This was after the Operasi Lalang in 1987 and Sin Chew was one of the 3 papers that had been suspended during the crackdown. Sin Chew did not even have the newsprint to publish the next day's edition. Business rivalry meant that the other Chinese media groups were not going to help out Sin Chew.
Today Sin Chew is the largest Chinese language daily.