The Utusan Malaysia is one of the most read publications of the country. The paper has a long lasting tradition, as the first issue was released in 1939. There are many aspects which make the Utusan Malaysia one of the most important writings in the region. The impact of the paper grew once with its spread across the nation and with gaining more and more readers. The topics approached by the paper derive from the most important current affairs mainly. In addition to these, the Utusan Malaysia also issues supplements on various topics, such as: health, fashion, music, entertainment, politics and technology. Readers have the tendency to opt for this paper rather than for any other due to the fact that the information presented is very accurate, well-documented and professionally presented. Even though some criticism and controversy has surrounded the Utusan Malaysia, the paper is still going strong today in the printed and in the online version.
The criticism placed on the Utusan Malaysia revolved on the way in which political issues were presented. The political articles were said to be filled with mistakes, double standards and quotes taken out of context. In addition to the political themed scandal stirred by the Utusan Malaysia, another controversy issued after the apparent racist statements published. Even so, the paper still managed to stay in the top preferences of people looking to find out what is going on locally and nationally. The international segment of the paper could be improved, claim the readers and the other people involved, as it presents too little facts.
The Utusan Malaysia has moved to the online medium as well as most publications today. All the featured articles form the printed version and even more can be read online. The website provides a printed version available for download and a Facebook page, through which people can stay in contact with the releases and find out more about what is going on around them as soon as the news hits the Internet. The Utusan Malaysia still has numerous readers even after all the scandals, as it is a publication with a long history and tradition.