Sep 7, 2006

Supporters to publish tabloid for Tun Mahathir

Extracted from NST

SUPPORTERS of former Malaysian premier Mahathir Mohamad are reported to be on the verge of launching a newspaper.

This tabloid would help to spread his views to the kampungs, reports said yesterday.

The Malaysiakini news website said that the debut issue of Malay-language tabloid Putra Post would be published this week.

The tabloid called Putra Post will hit the stands before this Saturday’s Kubang Pasu Umno division delegates meeting. The inaugural edition will see 50,000 copies printed and sold for RM2.50 per copy.


There will be an initial print run of 50,000 copies, which are due to hit the newstands ahead of this Saturday's controversial Kubang Pasu Umno division meeting.

Tun Dr Mahathir is hoping that the meeting will elect him as a delegate to attend the Umno annual assembly in November. But he has claimed that the government is going all out to block his election following his criticism of Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi.

He also claims his attacks on the Abdullah administration are being blacked out by the media.

A source was quoted by Malaysiakini as saying that the tabloid was needed to publicise Tun Dr Mahathir's views, which are now available only on the Internet.

'The Internet does not reach out to those in the kampungs and rural areas. So we hope Putra Post will fix this problem,' the source was reported as saying.

He also said the tabloid will contain detailed information on contentious issues raised by Tun Dr Mahathir.

The former premier's attacks on the Abdullah administration have ranged from accusations of nepotism and corruption to complaints that it is damaging the economy and reversing major decisions made when he was in power

The website said that the paper, which would have a cover price of RM2.50, was funded by several businessmen with close ties to Tun Dr Mahathir.

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