No more Utusan Malaysia for schools, varsities

PETALING JAYA: Education Minister Maszlee Malik has instructed all institutions and agencies under the ministry to cease their subscription to Malay daily Utusan Malaysia.

A memo on the matter by his special adviser Wan Saiful Wan Jan was submitted to the ministry’s secretary-general Mohd Ghazali Abas.

A letter dated July 18 sighted by FMT urges all schools, colleges, universities and agencies under the ministry to immediately terminate subscription to the Umno-linked paper.

Utusan has for decades served as Umno’s mouthpiece, but its future is said to be uncertain following Barisan Nasional’s defeat in the May 9 general election.

The paper’s funding had largely come from government projects, including a controversial contract to supply more than 180,000 tablets to teachers nationwide.