Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Utusan Melayu Press, Ltd., Singapore

Utusan Melayu headquarters and premises

First address, 1939-1941:
Utusan Melayu Press Ltd.,
64, Queen Street, Singapore
(Bugis District)
Post Box 764 Singapore

Second address, 1945-1958:
Utusan Melayu Press Ltd.,
185 Cecil Street
(demolished; new construction on-going in 2015 Google map)

Third address, February 1958-:
Utusan Melayu Press Ltd.,
No. 44, Jalan Utusan,
Off Jalan Chan Sow Lin,
55200 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
(several additions and facilities)

Became Utusan Melayu (Malaysia) Bhd in 1967

Fourth address, 2005-:
46M, Jalan Lima off Jalan Chan Sow Lin,
55200 Kuala Lumpur,  Malaysia

Fifth address, 2013-:
Kumpulan Utusan
(7-storey office, built in 2010)

The newspaper moved its headquarters to Cecil Street in 1945, and in 1959 relocated to Kuala Lumpur.

A new seven-storey high office building was erected in 2010, opposite the existing headquarters. It was built on the former site of a car park for its staff. The official move to the new Kumpulan Utusan premises took place in 2013.


UMNO takeover

First venue: 64 Queen Street, Singapore

Utusan Melayu Staff

Mr Yusof bin Ishak (1910-1970)
  • born 12 August 1910 at Padang Gajah in Trong, Taiping in Perak, FMS
  • deceased 23 November 1970
  • former Manager of Warta Malaya - owned by Alsagoff - voice of the Singapore Arabs and focused on development in the Middle East
  • he and 20 Malay men helped to establish the Utusan Melayu Press Limited at 64 Queen Street, Singapore in 1938. The first Malay newspaper, Utusan Melayu, was circulated on 29 May 1939.
  • Sunday Times Staff Reporter
  • managing director and chairman of the board of directors, Utusan Melayu Press Limited
  • became the Yang di Pertua Negara Singapura (Head of State of Singapore) on 3 December 1959
  • became the first President of the Republic of Singapore on 9 August 1965
  • wife: Puan Noor Aishah (married 1948)
  • children: 3 (son - Imran and daughters - Kamariah, Zuriana)
  • saudara sebelah Bapak ... refer to buku Prof Ahmad Murad Merican for family tree and details.
  • he was a Minangkabau descendant; he was descended from Datuk Jannatun of West Sumatra. Datuk Jannatun was the brother-in-law of Nakhoda nan Intan. Datuk Jannatun and his brother Datuk Setia came to Penang in 1879, at the time Penang was under the Kedah Sultanate.


Nasir bin Mohd Zain (deceased 1948)
  • Proofreader of Utusan Melayu
  • suami Nenek Jenab/Bik Jenab of Kg Baru in Kuala Lumpur
  • bapa kepada dua orang anak lelaki - Mohamed Shapri (1944) and Mohamed Yatim

Inche Mohamed Salehuddin
  • a senior member of the editorial staff of Utusan Melayu

Othman bin Wok
Yusof bin Ishak (left) and Othman bin Wok (right), 1961.

Abdul Samad bin Ismail (1924-2008)
  • Born: 18 April 1924 in Singapore
  • Parents: Javanese immigrants
  • Deceased: 4 September 2008; buried at the Muslim cemetery in Bukit Kiara, KL
  • Full name: Tan Sri Abdul Samad bin Ismail
  • Call name: Pak Samad
  • Education: Victoria School; completed Senior Cambridge certificate
  • Occupation: reporter at Utusan Melayu in 1940 (1940s)
  • Malaysian journalist, writer, editor
  • Worked for Japanese newspaper Berita Malai during the war
  • Became editor of Berita Malai at age 21
  • Imprisoned by the British during re-occupation after the war. Released and returned to Utusan Melayu
  • Imprisoned by British in 1951-1953. Released and returned to Utusan Melayu
  • Co-founded the People's Action Party (PAP) in 1954 with Othman Wok and Lee Kuan Yew
  • Disagreed with LKY and moved to KL
  • Became of Head of Berita Harian and Managing Editor/Director of NSTP group
  • Advocated Malay rights and wrote on social issues
  • Arrested under ISA for 5 years (1976-1981). Released and returned to NSTP group
  • Became editorial adviser
  • Retired from full-time journalism in 1988
  • Awarded Pejuang Sastera (Literature Champion) for literature and journalism in 1992 by Sultan Azlan Shah of Perak.
  • Awarded Ramon Magsaysay Award for Journalism, Literature and Creative Communications Arts in 1994
  • Health: Hospitalised at ICU since 24 August 2008 for dypsnoea
  • Deceased: 4 September 2008 at Pantai Medical Centre in KL, aged 84
  • Wives: 1. Hamidah Hassan (died 1990; buried in Bukit Kiara) 2. __
  • Children: 10 - 2 sons (Hamed and Kamal) and __ daughters (Maria, Norlin, Nuraina, Norazah, Nurazlin, and Nurazrina). Maria and Nuraina were former journalists and active bloggers.

Mohd Said bin Zahari
  • he joined Utusan Melayu in 1951 at 185 Cecil Street in Singapore
  • he was imprisoned for 17 years without trial (1963-1979) and was released 
  • he lived at an island in Singapore, where he learned Mandarin from prisoners
  • he moved to Malaysia under the invitation of Dr Mahathir Mohamad
  • he has 4 children - Son, Rismawati, Norman, and Linda
  • his wife struggled to bring up the 4 children in Singapore while he was imprisoned
  • his wife and the kids then moved to Malaysia
  • his wife suffered and later died of breast cancer (after he was released)
  • his son Norman was adopted in 1963 (upon Said's capture) by Tan Sri Dr Raja Ahmad Noordin, an early Malay doctor who retired to PJ
  • Tan Sri Dr Raja Ahmad Noordin married the elder sister of Said Zahari's wife, Toh Puan Saliah bt Abdul Wahab
  • Said Zahari is of Siamese descent while his wife was of Indonesian descent


Usman Awang (1929 - 2001)
  • Mother: Halimah, she died when he was small
  • Father: fisherman; sold rattan (rotan) during the monsoon season
  • Full name: Dato' Wan Osman bin Wan Awang
  • Call names & pen names: Dato' Usman Awang, Usman Awang, Tongkat Warrant, Adi Jaya, Amir, Atma Jiwa, Manis, Pengarang Muda, Rose Murni, Setiabudi, U. A., Zaini ...
  • Born: 12 July 1929 at Kg Tanjung Lembu, Kuala Sedili, Kota Tinggi, Johor 
  • Health: Suffered from heart disease for a long time
  • Deceased: 29 November 2001 during Ramadan, aged 72
  • Education: studied till Std 6 and stopped due to poverty
  • 1936 Darjah 1 Sekolah Melayu Kuala Sedili
  • 1937 Darjah 2, 3, 4, 5 Sekolah Melayu Mersing
  • 1940 Darjah 6 Sekolah Melayu Bandar Maharani ... till passed Darjah 6
  • Hobbies: loved to read since small
  • 1941: World War II
  • 1942: Japanese occupation in Malaya and Singapore ... he was a farmer's son in Segamat, Johor at the time. Became a slave of the Japanese for 6 months in Singapore. Escaped and returned to Segamat.
  • Occupation: Malay writer, penyair, ahli drama
  • Office boy (budak pejabat) at Pejabat Taliair Segamat, Johor
  • 1945 Joined Botai (Japanese police) ... underwent training for a few weeks before Japanese surrendered
  • 1946 Joined British police training in Johor Bahru during British re-occupation
  • 1951 Became a policeman in Malacca. Quit in 1951 and went to Singapore.
  • 1951 Worked as proofreader with Melayu Raya for 6 months. Became a journalist (pemberita)
  • 1951 Became editor (sidang pengarang) with Mingguan Melayu
  • 1952 He joined Utusan Melayu at 185 Cecil Street in Singapore (a year after Said Zahari joined). He became writer (sidang pengarang) of Utusan Kanak-Kanak under Utusan Melayu. Promoted to editor Utusan Zaman and Mastika magazine
  • 1957 Moved to KL when Malaya gained independence and Utusan Melayu shifted to KL. Continued as editor in KL
  • 1961 Involved with Utusan Melayu protest ... and became jobless.
  • 1962 Worked at Federal Publishers for 8 months
  • 1962 Worked as editor at DBP, as writer for Majalah Dewan Bahasa
  • Continued as writer for Dewan Masyarakat, Dewan Sastera and Dewan Budaya. He was as Senior Research Officer.
  • 1982-1985 Moved to Bahagian Pembinaan dan Pengembangan Sastera. Headed this division from May 1982 till his retirement in July 1985
  • Retired from DBP in 1985
  • Joined many community based organisations and held important posts
  • Contributed greatly to Modern Malay literature and wrote sajak
  • He visited many countries including USA, Indonesia, Philippines, China and Russia.
  • His works have been translated into English, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, French, Thai, Czech, Danish, Tamil, Italian, Russian etc.
  • Awards & Honours: 
  • Panel Hadian Karya Sastera
  • Panel Anugerah Sastera
  • Sasterawan Negara Malaysia
  • Awarded the title Pejuang Sastera on 29 May 1976
  • Received the SEA Write Award in 1982
  • Received Honorary Doctor of Letters (Literature) on 11 August 1982 by UM
  • 1983 Anugerah Sastera Negara
  • 1985 Recipient of Zamalah Sastera for Penulis Terkenal (Veteran) category
  • 1995 Anugerah Penyair Johor
  • 1950s co-founder of Ikatan Persuratan Melayu Melaka (IPM), secretary of ASAS 50 in Singapore, and the first Ketua PENA (1962-1965)
  • 1991 Darjah Kebesaran Dato' Paduka - by Sultan Perak ... called Dato' from then on
  • Legacy: Sek Keb Dato Usman Awang in Johor

There were 93 search results for Utusan Melayu Singapore:



Page 2 Advertisements Column 2
The Straits Times, 13 April 1939, Page 2

WANTED Newsagents in all parts of Malaya,
Sarawak, Brunei and elsewhere for Malay
Daily Newspaper. "UTUSAN MELAYU," to
be published shortly by Utusan Melayu Press,
Ltd., 64, Queen Street, Singapore.


The Straits Times, 3 November 1948, Page 9

A Singapore Malay journalist has published two books preparatory to setting up a Cultural Library, to be composed of a wide range of works relating to science, philosophy, politics, history, literature, medicine and art.

He is 34-year-old Inche Mohamed Salehhuddin, a senior member of the editorial staff of Utusan Melayu

Two of Inche Salehuddin's books on the market are a "Book on Motherhood" and another entitled "Parent's Guide." They have been well received by the Malay public.


The Straits Times, 30 January 1947, Page 3

As from Jan. 30 the Utusan Melayu, the Malay newspaper in Singapore, is being published as a morning paper.

It is learnt that in the near future the Utusan Melayu group of newspapers will have an afternoon edition as well.


The Straits Times, 31 July 1947, Page 5

From tomorrow August 1, the Utusan Melayu Press Ltd., in Singapore, will begin publication of an afternoon newspaper in Romanised Malay entitled Utusan Zaman (Contemporary Herald).

The Utusan Melayu Press thus has three publications coming off its press for Malay readers in Singapore and the Malay peninsula.

They are a Malay daily, Utusan Melayu, printed in Jawi; a monthly journal, also in Jawi called Mastika (Gem); and the Utusan Zaman.

The new newspaper will sell at 10 cents a copy.


The Singapore Free Press, 2 August 1947, Page 5

Yesterday saw the birth of a new newspaper in Singapore.

Yesterday - the Utusan Zaman, which publishes news in romanised Malay, and is printed and issued by the Utusan Melayu Press Limited.

The first issue had on its front page a three-column picture of Miss Mimi Shahrir, adopted daughter of Sutan Shahrir, former Prime Minister of Indonesia and now on a special mission to India.

Utusan Zaman splashed the news of Indonesia before UNO, and the second main item on the front page was the call by the Daily Mirror to Prime Minister Mr. Clement Attlee to resign.

The Utusan Zaman is a two-page paper temporarily, and is sold at 10 cents a copy.

Plans for expansion of the paper are well in hand.


The Straits Times, 31 October 1948, Page 3

Mr Yusof bin Ishak
- Sunday Times Staff Reporter
- managing director and chairman of the board of directors, Utusan Melayu Press Limited
- has issued a statement to the Sunday Times on the Dutch ban on Utusan Zaman


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