Utusan is known to have served as Umno’s mouthpiece for decades. Recently, there was speculation about its future following Barisan Nasional’s defeat in the May 9 general election.
Utusan’s funding had largely come from government projects, including a controversial contract to supply more than 180,000 tablets to teachers nationwide.
MP persoal kerajaan beri kontrak RM340j bekal tablet pada Utusan
3 December 2017
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The tablet supplied is a Lenovo Tab 3 Essential with a 7-inch display screen and resolution of 1024 X 600.
It runs on an Android 5.0 Lollipop operating system and a 1.3 GHz quad-core processor.
3 December 2017
MP: Gov’t paying Utusan more than twice the price for teachers’ tablets
Bukit Mertajam MP Steven Sim claimed Putrajaya is paying Utusan Melayu (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd more than double the market price to supply tablets to teachers.
Sim, citing a parliamentary written reply, said Utusan was given the contract to supply 182,712 units of tablets at the cost of RM152 million.
“In other words, each tablet supplied by Utusan to the government comes to RM832,” he said.
“According to popular shopping platform Lazada, the Lenovo Tab3 Essential can be purchased for RM388,” he noted.
The plan to supply some 430,000 tablets to schools teachers was announced in Budget 2017.
The DAP lawmaker questioned why the contract was awarded to an Umno-owned newspaper without open tender.
“RM388 is the online retail price. If the government purchased 430,000 units in bulk, I believe it could obtain a better price if an open tender was conducted,” he said.
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December 3, 2017
Teachers given tablets yet to use them fully in school or at home
PETALING JAYA: Teachers who have received a free computer tablet from the government have not begun to use it fully.
They only use it for basic things like taking notes or finding information online, said Kamarozaman Abd Razak, president of the National Union of the Teaching Profession (NUTP).
He said not all teachers had received the tablet yet as it was currently being distributed in stages.
“The special features from the tablet for teachers to implement creative teaching have not yet been implemented and are still being discussed,” he said.
Utusan Melayu Bhd, which publishes the daily newspaper Utusan Malaysia and Kosmo, has been given the contract to supply more than 180,000 tablets to teachers throughout the country this year, according to the Deputy Education Minister P Kamalanathan.
The tablet comes packaged with an app for easy access to the company’s newspapers.
But strangely, teachers interviewed said they have not used the app yet to read the news online.