Minister: Legal action awaits Utusan if found to have violated law in staff layoffs

An employee is seen leaving the Utusan Melayu building with her belongings after the newspaper ceased operations on October 9, 2019. — Picture by Hari Anggara
An employee is seen leaving the Utusan Melayu building with her belongings after the newspaper ceased operations on October 9, 2019. — Picture by Hari Anggara

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 10 — Utusan Melayu (Malaysia) Bhd will face legal action if it was found to have violated the law in its massive staff layoffs as it ceased operations yesterday, Human Resources Minister M. Kulasegaran said.

“They must follow the law. If they’re not following the law, we’ll take necessary action,” he told reporters here today.

The company, which was established 80 years ago, ceased its operations due to financial problems, with its employees told to pack up and leave the premises within a short notice.

Utusan executive chairman Datuk Abd Aziz Sheikh Fadzir yesterday issued a memorandum saying the company would cease operations on October 9 while the last day of service for workers is October 31.

The curtain fell on Utusan after Aurora Mulia Sdn Bhd, a company linked to business tycoon Syed Mokhtar Al-Bukhary, acquired 70 per cent of the company’s wholly-owned subsidiary Dilof Sdn Bhd. — Bernama

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