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Malaysian Media Outlets That Have Recently Gone Bust

Lately, we’ve seen far too many Malaysian media outlets deliver their final stories.

BY shermian lim | Mar 16, 2016 | Culture

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The tidal waves of commercial collapse is inevitable in every industry—necessary even—but lately, we’ve seen far too many local media outlets write their final stories and/or sign off air for the last time.

The Rakyat Post. On February 29, the barely two years old web portal announced on their Facebook page that they were discontinuing operations “until further notice as of today.” Sixty employees who had not been paid for the past two months, were told to file a formal complaint to the Department of Labour. The website is still live, with news updates sourced from Bernama.

Capital and Red FM. Last December, news of the two popular English-medium radio channels being shut down circulated on the web, further fuelled when DJs of Capital FM started posting goodbye Instagrams on their personal accounts. Shortly after, Red FM talent were told that their final day of service would be December 31—marking the end of a radio station whose roots went all the way back to 1949.

Popfolio Network. The entity that ran popular millennial-oriented sites like Tongue In Chic, Poskod.my, MakChic and The Wknd seemed to have put a hold on new content indefinitely. The sites are still live, but there have been no recent updates. TIC’s last posts were in November, whilst the last post on Facebook from Poskod.my was dated December 10.

FHM. Shockwaves were felt in newsrooms when FHM’s UK publisher announced they would cease operations of a magazine that began in 1985. With the parent magazine now suspended, international editions that depended on direction and content from FHM UK were now rendered unable to continue. FHM Malaysia, which began in 1998, had a grand sendoff party for their final issue, and that was all they wrote.

The Malaysian Insider. Industry—ahem—insiders will have known that something was brewing on TMI’s front but it was still a shock and surprise when readers logged on to TMI’s Facebook page on March 14 to find a goodbye message from the portal that began in 2008. The reason cited for the shutdown was commercial reasons, and editor Jahabar Sadiq wrote an additional, heartfelt good bye message, with a takeaway: “The biggest lesson I learnt is simply this, we are all The Malaysian Insider.” Amen to that.  


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