One of Malaysia’s Chinese-language newspaper, Oriental Daily, will be ceasing its print newspaper after printing its last edition on April 16. The 18 year old daily newspaper will be making a full shift to digital, said sources.
According to Malay Mail, a potential retrenchment exercise involving at least 60 staff is also expected to happen as they make the online transition.
In April last year Oriental Daily announced the end of its weekend edition and stated it would only print on weekdays starting May 1, 2020, as part of a transformation plan within the company.
Ahead of this move, Oriental Daily has since its inception managed to amass a respectable following online through its social media platforms in the past few years.
Currently its Facebook page has more than 1.73 million followers, 198,000 followers on Instagram, some 32,400 followers on Twitter, and 23,000 followers on its Telegram channel.
Oriental Daily’s first edition was printed on January 1, 2003, as a 48-page broadsheet-styled newspaper and started as the sister publication to See Hua Daily News which is available only in Sabah and Sarawak.
A total of 100,000 copies were printed for its pilot edition which was priced at RM1.20 each.
Oriental Daily is owned by the Sarawak-based timbre company, KTS Group.
Last year, leading business and financial publication The Edge Financial Daily had also published its final print edition after 13 years.
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Source: Malay Mail