KUALA LUMPUR: It felt like a kick in the teeth for Mohd Faisol Mustafa when he was told of Utusan Malaysia’s shutdown on Wednesday.
The 30-year-old photographer had to pack up his belongings and leave his office building by 1pm.
He was among 700 employees of the oldest Malay daily and its sister publication Kosmo! who were laid off within 24 hours.
“We were told to evacuate the building that day itself, which was very abrupt,” Mohd Faisol said.
“I do not think this should be the way to treat the employees.”
“It just saddens me that the top management served us such a short notice. They also kept us in the dark and waiting for the upcoming meeting which is on Oct 31,” he said.
“I think what I can do now is e-hailing services like Grab since I have other commitments and my wife is due to give birth this month.”
Photographer Hafiz Johari, 34, said management had verbally agreed to provide compensation.
“We didn’t get our salary since the end of September, our future is uncertain.”