My Morning Ritual

Filed under: Personal Experiences - 28 Jun 2012  | Spread the word !

Being far from home is very hard. As I have recently read in a book, it is always harder for the person leaving that for those staying. I am in such a situation. I left my birth country, Malaysia, to come in the United States of America in search of a better life. It is very hard to understand for people in the States that life in Malaysia is not that exotic and extraordinary. I tried to explain why I left my country several times, but few people really understood how it is to leave everything you have and to start all over again in a new country where you have no friends and no one to rely on. For me, life in Malaysia was hard, but even so, I suffer a lot because all my family and my friends are there. My roots are in my native country, but I do not think I will ever go back. For me, it is very important to have security and to know I have enough money in case something happens. As for my folks, I also offer them money and I plan bringing my family here. And in order to stay in touch with my country, I read Utusan Malaysia each day.

The newspaper, one of the most important in Malaysia, is part of my morning ritual. As I work from 10, each morning I wake up at 7, I run a few miles, I come and take a shower and prepare a coffee and breakfast. I live alone, so I have nobody to chat with in the morning and my entertainment source is my laptop. I have a subscription to this newspaper and I read it while I eat.

This way, I also make sure that I do not forget my native language and I also stay in touch with the culture and with the events that happen in Malaysia. My parents and my sibling also tell me everything, but when I am curious to find an objective opinion in relation with a certain even I prefer to check it on Utusan Malaysia. The newspaper is very interesting and covers news from my country and also international. It is very interesting to see how my people interpret events that happen in the world in comparison with how Americans approach and discuss them in their newspapers.

What Is Utusan Malaysia

Filed under: Utusan Malaysia - 10 Jun 2012  | Spread the word !

Utusan Malaysia is a newspaper that can be bought in Malaysia. The name is translated as Malaysian Courier. For some time, it had a sister paper named Utusan Melayu, but that does not appear anymore since 2006. This is the best selling newspaper of the country and it appears daily. It has a broadsheet format. The owner and publisher of it is Utusan Group. The headquarters of the group are in Kuala Lumpur. The first edition of the paper appeared in 1967. In the beginning, this was a longer version of Utusan Melayu and represented a daily edition of Mingguan Malaysia, which appeared in 1965. In 1997, the Malaysian newspaper appeared for the first time online with texts and visuals. Only paying subscribers can access the complete information of the online edition of the paper. This is offered online in collaboration with Telekom Malaysia. Another project having as partner the newspaper was released in 2001. On July 2, Utusan Education Portal was released. This is one of the best educational websites in the country.

The newspaper is easy to recognize after its blue masthead and after its logo. It has 32 pages, most of them are filled with news and current affairs, but the supplements of the paper offers readers diverse information about fashion, politics, music, entertainment, health and technology. In present, this is the only news paper coming in broadsheet in the country. In 2008, another Malay paper called Berita Harian changed its format, being published from broadsheet to tabloid style. According to a study of the Audit Bureau of Circulation, the circulation of this daily newspaper decreased alarmingly between 2006 and 2009, with more than 21%.

Recently, Utusan Malaysia came under fire when it was demonstrated that some of the news presented in it, especially those in the political domain were fabricated. Other of them were taken out of context and some of it manipulated, but the trust that people had in this paper dissapeared when this information was made public. More than this, Utusan proved to have racist comment on some topics, which sparked even more criticism from the public paying for it.  The Foreign News page of the paper also created problems, as few international news are published, about two pages in each edition. The last controversy in which Utusan was involved is related to Hata Wahari, a journalist that was suspended after he insulted the management of the group.