Dec 10, 2006

Get Grassroot Opinion On Utusan-NSTP Merger, Says Khairy

KUALA TERENGGANU, Dec 10 (Bernama) -- Any form of a merger between Kumpulan Utusan Melayu and the New Straits Times Press (NSTP) will have to get the opinion of the grassroots because the two mainstream newspapers have their own history and identity.

Umno Youth Vice Chief Khairy Jamaluddin said the movement had discussed the issue before the party's Supreme Council meeting recently.

"At the last Youth exco meeting, the pros and cons on the proposed merger were raised and because of that, the government, Kumpulan Utusan Melayu and Media Prima have to study the opinion of the grassroots before making a decision," he told reporters when met at a function at Dataran Syahbandar here Saturday.

He said although the merger would be good in strengthening the commercial aspects of the two companies, it could lead to the newspapers, especially Utusan Melayu to lose its identity.

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