Ministry mulls action against Utusan over staff’s abrupt termination

M Kulasegaran says necessary action will be taken against Utusan Melayu Berhad following the company’s abrupt closure yesterday.

KUALA LUMPUR: Putrajaya said it would take action against Utusan Melayu (M) Berhad for breaching retrenchment laws, after the media group issued notices yesterday telling employees that they had been terminated.

“They must follow the laws, but they did not,” said Human Resources Minister M. Kulasegaran after attending an event here.

“So we will take necessary action.”

It was announced yesterday that Utusan Malaysia, the country’s oldest Malay language daily, alongside its sister-paper Kosmo! would cease publication.

Employees were instructed to vacate the office by 1pm.

The National Union of Journalist has described the move as “inhumane”.

“They did not give us any kind of notice,” it said.