21 May '11, 1am

Utusan getting more strident on Malay issues - Straits Times

KUALA LUMPUR - IT HAS been burned by angry protesters, while opposition supporters have used it to publicly wrap nasi lemak to show their disdain. Arguably no newspaper in Malaysia evokes stronger emotions than Utusan Malaysia, the Umno-owned Malay daily which has been at the forefront of the country's political battles since the last general election in 2008. In a region where mainstream newspapers generally exercise restraint when it comes to writing about racial and religious sentiment, Utusan is an anomaly. Well known for its Malay nationalist roots, its stance has become more strident over the last two years, as it regularly published strong commentaries attacking non-Malays and articles about how Islam is under threat. Two weeks ago, the paper ran a front-page report about an alleged plot to make Malaysia a Christian country, titled: Christianity the official religio...

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