Why don’t Umno members put their money where their loud mouths are?
Internet wags will of course say that Umno does indeed put its money on the loudmouths, pointing to the rent-a-crowd mobs that are willing to come out in empty shows of support for Utusan Malaysia and to run down the political opposition.
But Umno has three million members. Umno owns Utusan Malaysia. The Umno media committee consists of the top Umno leaders. Yet sales are dropping, now down to about 150,000 a day. That figure amounts to only about 5% of Umno’s membership.
They think it’s not worth spending RM1.20 a day
Not all those who buy Utusan are Umno members, of course. It looks like 95% of Umno members themselves seem to think Utusan Malaysia is not worth their spending RM1.20 a day, the price of a cup of coffee nowadays. And from all the recent commotion, Umno’s leaders seem to think it’s more worthwhile spending money on creating a public nuisance.
Last week, UMNO and Perkasa members held a show of force in front of Utusan Malaysia’s office vowing to protect and defend the newspaper at all cost. At this show of force, the demonstrators also carried anti-DAP banners. That this can be permitted and allowed to run uninterrupted is an indication that the powers-that-be are protecting the participants. Although Utusan Malaysia published false ‘news’ regarding the ‘Christian-state’, UMNO continues to ‘see’ and promote them as a ‘beacon of truth’. » Malaysia Chronicle
Why don’t they spend money on good journalism instead?
They’ll benefit, and the people will benefit. That’s progress. But maybe Umno is not really interested in the people’s progress.