Board directors exit as Utusan Group restructures

Several board directors at Utusan Melayu have resigned as part of an overall restructure at Utusan Group. This saw the voluntary resignation of non-executive chairman Tan Sri Mohamad Fatmi Bin Che Salleh, in a Bursa Malaysia filing.

Other members include independent non-executive directors Datuk Seri Tengku Sariffuddin Bin Tengku Ahmad and Encik Jamalul Kiram Bin Mohd Zakaria. Both were also members of the Nomination & Remuneration Committee of the organisation, with the former being the chairman.

“The board acknowledges the importance of complying with the Bursa Malaysia listing requirements in relation to the composition of independent directors on the board and will take the necessary steps to appoint new independent directors in due course,” the filing said, adding that operations of Utusan Group will continue as normal.

Most recently, the company admitted that it had run “false” and “defamatory” news about Anwar Ibrahim and settled the case on 5 October 2016. Besides TV3 and Utusan, Anwar Ibrahim also filed a suit on 8 March 2013 against Media Prima Television and Radio Networks, News and Current Affairs’ group managing editor Datuk Shaharudin Abd Latif, Buletin Utama news editor Ing Boon Seng and Utusan Group editor-in-chief Datuk Abdul Aziz Ishak.