The Malaysian Insider closes down effectively midnight today. The media site has run its course from February 25, 2008 and after 8 plus years of operations, The Edge Media Group has decided to shut them down for commercial reasons.
Editor, Jahabar Sadiq said on Facebook, We worked as impartial journalists to inform Malaysians and other readers so that they make informed decisions. We worked to make all voices heard in this marketplace of ideas. But our work in The Malaysian Insider has now come to an end in a Malaysia that more than ever requires more clarity, transparency and information.”
Throughout the years, The Malaysian Insider has been a news portal where readers could get the latest update about what is happening around the nation. As such, it was only apt that netizens were equally upset that they are not seeing another tomorrow. Facebook user Stephen Lee commented, “Thank you, Malaysian Insider. You brought hope to all Malaysian with your truthful reports. We hope the journalists will remain critically honest in your reports wherever you are and continue to update us of events. GBU.”
The editor wrote to thank Malaysians and readers from all round the globe for their support, well wishes and criticism during their tenure. “I won’t put down my pen, I won’t lay down my camera, I won’t shut up and I won’t be blinkered or turn a deaf ear to what goes on in Malaysia and the world. And I urge all of you to do the same,” he said.
Well, as Facebook user Mac Snoopee Ong puts it, “Move forward to greater things and never be silenced. Thanks for all the great work, you are appreciated. Till the next time bud…Over and out.”