PETALING JAYA: Umno’s Khairy Jamaluddin has hit back at A Kadir Jasin after the prominent blogger blamed Utusan Malaysia’s demise on the “fourth-floor boys” of the Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and Najib Razak administrations.
In an Instagram post, the Rembau MP, who was regarded by many as one of the “fourth-floor boys” when Abdullah was PM, said the mainstream media’s decline began much earlier.
“No, mainstream media’s (Utusan and NSTP) decline began with the slanted coverage of Sodomy Part One. A certain A Kadir Jasin was the editor of NST then.”
Kadir, who is Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s special adviser on media and communications, was the NST group editor in 1998.
Then, Mahathir, in his first stint as PM, had sacked Anwar Ibrahim as his deputy prime minister. Anwar, who is now PKR president, was charged with sodomy and abuse of power.
Earlier today, in a blog post, Kadir said the unprofessional and excessive interference by the “fourth-floor boys” had led to readers doubting the paper’s credibility.
“One of their biggest mistakes was to use the mainstream media to kill off Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s legacy and prop up Abdullah,” he said, adding this was when mainstream newspapers saw a decline in their quality and sales.
Today, it was announced that Utusan, the country’s oldest Malay language daily, which started as a Jawi daily in Singapore in 1939, and Kosmo! would cease all operations from today.