Monday, February 29, 2016

Utusan not racist, just championing Malays, says Perak sultan

The country's oldest Malay language daily Utusan Malaysia is not a racist organisation but is portrayed as such by certain groups with hidden agendas, Sultan of Perak Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah says today. In his opening speech at the Utusan Business Awards 2015, he said, the newspaper has been championing Malay issues since its formation 78 years ago and was only continuing a policy that was part of its core foundation. This role, the sultan said, did not mean or could not be assumed as Utusan being anti-other races or hating them. "Whatever negative perception imposed on Utusan Malaysia, it is not a discriminatory newspaper. This can be seen when it defended a Chinese girl (Melissa Gooi)," said Sultan Nazrin. Gooi was a Facebook user who insulted the Yang di-Pertuan Agong in 2013. Utusan Malaysia group assistant editor Zaini Hassan defended Gooi and asked more effort to be taken by the Education Ministry to educate Malaysians on the Federal Constitution in schools. Sultan Nazrin further said attempts to portray Utusan Malaysia in a negative light have become more apparent. – March 1, 2016. MORE TO COME]]>

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