After 122 years, the oldest Malaysian newspaper publication, Malay Mail has finally closed its doors with its final edition on Saturday. It has finally succumbed to the inevitable shift of public media consumption from physical to digital prints.
From Sunday, 2nd of December, they’ll on be available online, pledging “where it will do everything digitally possible to inform, entertain and promote in a globalised digital world”, as told by its Editor-in-Chief Datuk Wong Sai Wan.
He also added that, ” The printed newspaper business model is flawed as it depends on advertising to survive, and the explosion of easy access of information digitally has rendered us useless as a news provider.”
Datuk Wong Sai Wan also tells how print media only serve only one group of people these days, the older folks, who prefers a physical newspaper over an artificial one.
Seems like Malay Mail will solely focus on growing their already successful brand on digital platforms from now on.
Malay Mail could be the first casualty of this media revolution, but it certainly wouldn’t be the last. Other publications like Utusan Melayu and Media Prima Berhad, have already laid off 1800 employees combined.