Historic transition greeted with a tinge of sadness

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For more than a century, Malay Mail has informed, educated and thrilled readers with a wide range of news reports. From stories about the struggles of the ordinary man to exposing major scandals, it has left a lasting impression on all Malaysians. With its content now going fully digital, we asked several elected representatives what they thought of Malay Mail as it enters a new era.

Communications and Multimedia Minister
and Puchong MP Gobind Singh Deo

Malay Mail has been a part of our conscience for quite some time. A lot of articles I think they have covered very fairly, very professionally… they have done a good job. Now that they are going to shut down on December 1, it is sad but all I can say is I think they have done well.

Many, many fond memories of Malay Mail. I have always had the opportunity to deal personally with many of the reporters. I found them very forthcoming, very professional. What else can I say?”

Human Resources Minister and Ipoh Barat MP M. Kulasegaran

Why do you want to close it (the print edition)? It was the first newspaper I sold in my life. To me Malay Mail means a lot. When I was a very young boy in the early 1960’s in Setiawan, Perak, whenever I went to school it used to come in the afternoon. So we take it to sell for five cents or 10 cents to government servants, to help my father in his business. Those days almost everyone was English-educated. It was the most popular choice for evening news at the time.

But with transformation of technology, you must go along with it, not fight against it. What is more important is the quality and presentation. But we will miss it. People like me still feel the hard copy is where the real news is read.”

MCA president and Ayer Hitam MP Datuk Seri Wee Ka Siong

Of course those big news, explosive news, all this while so many times I heard it first from the Malay Mail and I think I would love to see it do well in the digital format

I think it is a world trend where you have a publication and the cost will be very high. You talk about the business of media in the world, not many can survive if you still continue with the print media. Because online media is a trend.”

Economic Affairs Minister and Gombak MP Datuk Seri Azmin Ali

Well I think Malay Mail has been very fair in their reporting, even when we were in the Opposition they have been giving us fair space for our news. Certainly they have played a very vital role in terms of getting fair information for the rakyat. So I think they have been quite supportive in terms of building the democratic space for the people through getting the right information across.

So the move by Malay Mail to get into the digital news, I think it is good since the younger generation wants to have access through digital and social media, since it is faster and more accurate. It is a good move.”

Tanjong Karang MP
Tan Sri Noh Omar

As the oldest newspaper in the country, the Malay Mail counted me as one of its frequent readers over the years. Its reporting has always been neutral, and they dared to speak out the truth. I hope the Malay Mail will continue to prosper in the digital format.

Going fully digital is a good idea. Most people nowadays hardly read newspapers, preferring instead digital news. Plus going down that path would reduce expenditure costs greatly, I imagine.”

PKR vice-president
Chua Tian Chang

Well we remember Malay Mail as one of the tabloid-sized paper that gave populist-type of news and also went through a lot of evolution. At one stage it was sort of semi-mainstream but gave some space to alternative news. It has been around for a long time, so definitely I feel sad for it.

I think this (going digital) is something inevitable for most of the press nowadays. It will not be easy but I want to wish the Malay Mail good luck and thank you for their service, and we hope to see it continue to occupy a niche in the Malaysian press landscape.”