Coming to terms with a digital reality

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Finance Minister and Bagan MP Lim Guan Eng

The Malay Mail when it was the afternoon edition (back in the 1980’s) used to do a daily write-up of happenings in Parliament. I always liked to follow that. Plus I had a lot of good friends in Malay Mail back then.

It is the digital era, so you have to adjust to the changing times. So I think this is an innovative move by Malay Mail but you have to wait and see whether readers will adopt and adapt to it. Ultimately it is up to them.”

Petaling Jaya MP Maria Chin Abdullah

I remember Malay Mail as playing a very good part in reflecting community issues, and its investigative journalism has been useful in informing the wider public.

I think it can still be the voice for the community on a wholly-digital platform, as an organisation that represent community voices. It can still do the investigative journalism as it has always been doing, and maintain the practice of balanced reporting it is so well-known for.”

Pekan MP Datuk Seri Najib Razak

When I was Youth and Sports Minister, the Malay Mail would give very good coverage. It was also the go-to choice for sports news and information. I will always have fond memories of Malay Mail and what it contributed, in terms of sports development in the country.

I think every paper now has got to come to terms with the reality (of going fully digital). I hope that works out for them, but they have to make the choice I suppose.”

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office

and Parit Buntar MP

Datuk Seri Mujahid Yusof Rawa

For me as a politician, the Malay Mail has given me plenty of coverage. I would buy the copies to see if my statements were reported, especially in Parliament. I have always found Malay Mail more democratic in their views. If you ask me what are the freer newspapers around, one of them would be Malay Mail. Its reporting over the years has been quite fair.

In point of fact, many newspapers are now heading to the digital platform. I think in the future the newspaper or how news is being presented is no longer in print, which I think Malay Mail is trying to keep up with that.”

PAS deputy president and Kubang Kerian MP Datuk Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man

I must admit I do not have many memories of the Malay Mail. Yet I find it saddening that the print news industry is going through this, relegated to a secondary status with the proliferation of digital news. However, I do recall the Malay Mail newspaper has having contributed many good written articles to Malaysians, and that will be missed.”

Kapar MP Abdullah Sani Abdul Hamid

Of the many memories I have of the Malay Mail, the most nostalgic for me was from my days as Malaysian Trades Union Congress president. It frequently covered me, even when other outlets were uninterested in doing so. In so doing it helped to propel the issues I fought for to the public consciousness. As such I owe a good deal to the Malay Mail.

Somehow I feel going fully digital is unsuitable. Print newspapers are still needed, and this gives an advantage for people to obtain information. Not everyone uses digital news, some still rely on papers. Plus as an English newspaper it can educate readers on the finer points of the language, and there is still a desperate need to strengthen our command of the language.”

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