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Malaysian newspapers and Malaysian newspaper list

 Introduction to Malaysian News Media.

Malaysia has a solid network of newspapers, television, radio and internet media. The ruling government formed under the Pakatan Harapan coalition owns many of the media outlets in the country. Member parties of the Barisan Nasional coalition like the United Malays National Organisation own organisations like Media Prima group. The opposition parties also have their own media in Malaysia. PAS and PKR are among the leading opposition parties and they publish newspapers like Harakah and Suara Keadilan respectively.

Media Freedom

The conventional media is completely controlled by the Malaysian government. It is one of the reasons why the country is witnessing a rise in the alternative media organisations. The Malaysian Insider and Malaysiakini are among the leaders in the category of the online portals that openly criticise the government. The ruling government has pledged not to censor the news on the internet media.

In 2018, the Reporters Without Borders (RSF) claimed that the media in Malaysia received a “breath of fresh air” with the new government. However, the agency added that a “draconian legislative arsenal” continues to threaten practicing journalists in the country.

Media Laws

The existing rules that restrict reporting are expected to be suspended by the new government, which is also considering to form a Media Council involving the people from the industry to oversee the content published in print and online media and broadcast on TV and radio stations. Social media will remain free from the jurisdiction of the proposed Media Council.

Print Media

More than 30 newspapers, including tabloids as well, are published in Malaysia. Languages like English, Malay, Chinese and Tamil are predominantly used by these newspapers. The Star, The Sun, The New Straits Times, Berita Harian, Sin Chew Jit Poh, Utusan Malaysia and Nanyang Siang Pau are among the most prominent newspapers in Malaysia.

Television is another major source of information for people in Malaysia. Both state owned and privately operated networks are available as pay TV in Malaysia. Media Prima and Utusan are among the media conglomerates that leads the national broadcasting scene in the country.

Malaysian newspapers and websites’ list

We have compiled a list of top newspapers and websites that are quite popular among the Malaysian readers within the nation and its neighbouring countries.

Part I: Newspapers

In the first part of the article, we have shared a list of the prominent newspapers of Malaysia with their details.

The Star

Malaysia Newspapers 1 Star

The Star is an English language daily newspaper of Malaysia. Headquartered in Petaling Jaya, the first issue of The Star appeared on September 9, 1971. Initially, it was established as a regional newspaper in Penang. The Star began its national circulation on January 3, 1976.  In 1978, The Star shifted its headquarters to Kuala Lumpur and in 1981, it moved to Petaling Jaya.

Ownership

Though part of the publicly listed Star Media Group, since 1977, The Star is controlled by Malaysian Chinese Association. MCA has the largest stake in the company (42.46%). The Star was one of the newspapers whose license was withdrawn in 1987 under Operation Lalang. It resumed its operations after five months, however, on its return it lacked the previous ‘liberal flavour’.

Circulation

According to January 2017 data, The Star had a daily circulation of 2,50,000 which was much higher than its competitor, New Straits Times, whose circulation was 65,000.

Digital Media Presence

The Star is the first newspaper in Malaysia to bring its online edition. The website was launched on June 23, 1995. It has sections such as Business, Sport, Metro, Lifestyle, Food, Education and Tech among others. It offers mobile news application for both Android and iOS devices. The Star is also available on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

Malaysia Newspapers 1 Star website

Star Online

Star ePaper

Star Android App

Star iOS App

Harian Metro

Malaysia Newspapers 2 Harian Metro

Harian Metro is a tabloid newspaper published in the Malay language. Established on March 25, 1991, it appears in the afternoon in Klang Valley and in the morning in other parts of Malaysia. Harian Metro is the first daily afternoon tabloid to be published in Malay in Klang Valley. The newspaper is headquartered in Kuala Lumpur. Mior Kamarul Shahid was first News Editor of Harian Metro. In 1992, the Southern edition of the newspaper was launched in Johor Bahru.

Website

Harian Metro also has an online edition. The official news website was launched on January 27, 2004. For the convenience of its readers, the portal has sections such as Latest, Global, Celebrities and Business among others. Harian Metro is also present on social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

Achievement

The newspaper was revamped on July 17, 2000, and got a new tagline that reads ‘Kini, Sini, Terkini’. For five years till 2011, Harian Metro remained the leading daily Bahasa Melayu newspaper as per the Audit Bureau of Circulation. Though it lost to Mingguan Malaysia in 2013, Harian Metro soon regained the top position.

Malaysia Newspapers 2 Harian Metro website

Harian Metro Online

Harian Metro ePaper

Harian Metro Android App

Harian Metro iOS App

Berita Harian

Malaysia Newspapers 3 Berita Harian

Berita Harian or BH is a daily newspaper in Malaysia. Published in the Malay language, the newspaper is owned by The New Straits Times Press. Headquartered in Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia, the first issue of Berita Harian appeared on July 1, 1957. It also has a Sunday edition known as BH Ahad. Launched on July 19, 1960, the Sunday edition was previously known as Berita Minggu.

Circulation

In April 1958, Abdul Samad Ismail was appointed as the editor of the newspaper. Initially, the newspaper operated with mere eight staff members. Berita Harian was earlier published in the broadsheet format. After 51 years of broadsheet look, on July 5, 2008, the newspaper began its publication in a compact format. A part of the Media Prima Group, the newspaper was revamped on July 1, 2012, with changes in typography, pagination and layout. On January 13, 2004, the average daily circulation of the newspaper was 238000 copies.

Digital Media Presence

Berita Harian also has a website. To cater to the interest of its readers, the news portal has different categories such as Sports, Education, World, Entertainment, Business, Woman and many more. Berita Harian has social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram besides a YouTube channel. It also has application for both Android and iOS users.

Malaysia Newspapers 3 Berita Harian website

Berita Harian Online

Berita Harian ePaper

Berita Harian Android App

Berita Harian iOS App

China Press

China Press is a Mandarin language newspaper in Malaysia. Headquartered in Kuala Lumpur, the first issue of the newspaper was published on February 1, 1946. China Press was founded by Henry Lee Hau Shik. It claims to be Malaysia’s second-largest Chinese language daily newspaper. Nanyang Press took over the management of the newspaper in 1993.

Circulation

In 1969, the newspaper was suspended for a month for publishing court news on the May 13 racial riots in the country. In 1985, during the economic depression, China Press suffered a jolt as it had to suspend the publications. However, that didn’t last for too long as it resumed operations on July 25, 1986. By 1988, the daily circulation of China Press surged from 20,000 to 100,000, thus becoming the fastest-growing newspaper in Malaysia. As per the Audit Bureau of Circulations, December 2015 data, the daily circulation of China Press was around 154000. The night edition of the newspaper had a circulation of 48,000. The evening version of China Press was launched on May 19, 1990.

Digital Media Presence

China Press also has a digital edition besides a print version. The website was launched on April 16, 2000. For the convenience of its readers, the website has several categories and sub-categories such as International, Finance, Entertainment, Local and many more. It is also present on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Malaysia Newspapers 4 China Press website

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?New Straits Times

Malaysia Newspapers 5 New Straits Times

New Strait Times is a daily newspaper based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It is published in the English language. New Strait Times is the oldest newspaper in Malaysia that it still in print. Established as The Straits Times in 1845, it was renamed as New Straits Times in 1974.

Origin

The Strait Times was founded by an Armenian, Catchick Moses in Singapore. After Singapore separated from the Federation of Malaysia in 1965, it led to the restructuring of the group in 1973. As a result, two companies were formed — New Straits Times, a Malaysian publicly owned company and Straits Times Press, which would manage the subsidiary companies of the group in Singapore and abroad.

Circulation

The newspaper is printed by the New Straits Times Press. Its sister publications are Berita Harian, Harian Metro and The Malay Mail, which ceased publication on January 1, 2008. As per the Audit Bureau of Circulations, Malaysia’s December 2018 figures, daily circulation of New Strait Times was 30, 929.

Digital Media Presence

New Strait Times also has a website with sections such as Business, News, Sports and World among others. It is present on social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. New Strait Times is also available as mobile application for both Android and iOS devices.

Malaysia Newspapers 5 New Straits Times website

New Straits Times Online

New Straits Times ePaper

New Straits Times Android App

New Straits Times iOS App

Sin Chew Daily

Malaysia Newspapers 6 Sin Chew Daily

Sin Chew Daily, earlier known as Sin Chew Jit Poh, is a Chinese language newspaper published in Malaysia. The daily has a circulation across Malaysia and neighbouring countries such as Brunei, Indonesia and in Southern Thailand. Sin Chew Daily is printed under different mastheads in Indonesia and Cambodia. At present, the newspaper has six printing plants and 53 news bureaus in Peninsular and East Malaysia.

Origin

Owned by the Sin Chew Media Corporation Berhad, a subsidiary of Media Chinese International Limited, the newspaper was established on January 15, 1929. Sin Chew Daily was founded by Aw Boon Par and Aw Boon Haw. From 1942 to 1945 during the Japanese occupation of Malaya, the publication remained suspended. In 1987, Sin Chew Daily was one of the newspapers whose license was suspended under Operasi Lalang. However, the newspaper resumed its operations after five months.

Circulation

As per December 2011 figures of the Audit Bureau of Circulations, the average daily circulation of Sin Chew Daily was around 500,000 copies, thus making it the largest-selling Chinese language newspaper outside Greater China.

Digital Media Presence

Sin Chew Daily has a news portal besides a print edition. It is available on social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. Sin Chew Daily also has an app for both Android and iOS users.

Malaysia Newspapers 6 Sin Chew Daily website

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Malay Mail

Malaysia Newspapers 7 Malay Mail

Malay Mail is a daily newspaper headquartered in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia. The first issue of Malay Mail appeared in December 1896. It was founded when Kuala Lumpur was the capital of the newly-formed Federated Malay States, thus making it the first daily newspaper to be published in the FMS. It is published in tabloid format.

History

Malay Mail began as a free afternoon newspaper.  Back then, it had a circulation of 100,000 copies in the Klang Valley. Managers, Executives and Businessmen were the target audiences of the newspaper. During the World War II, Malay Mail was replaced by Malai Sinpo. During the 1990s, the newspaper had a strong presence in the classified ads. However, during the Asian financial crisis from 1997 to 1998, Malay Mail lost its top position. It incurred heavy losses and has been sold several times so far. Dato’ Siew Ka Wei is the publisher of the newspaper.

Digital Media Presence

Malay Mail also has a news website. It was launched in 2013. The portal has several sections such as Malaysia, Singapore, World, Money, Life, Showbiz, Opinion, Sports, Tech/Gadgets, Videos and many more. Malay Mail is available on social media platforms. It has accounts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram besides a YouTube channel. Malay Mail also has mobile application for both iOS and Android devices.

Malaysia Newspapers 7 Malay Mail website

Malay Mail Online

Malay Mail Android App

Malay Mail iOS App

Sinar Harian

Malaysia Newspapers 8 Sinar Harian

Sinar Harian is a daily newspaper published in Malaysia. The Malay language daily is headquartered at Shah Alam, Selangor. Published in the compact format, the first issue of the newspaper appeared on March 31, 2006. It is published by Akhbar Cabaran Sdn Bhd, a part of the Kumpulan Karangkraf & Ultimate Group of Companies.

Origin

Sinar Harian was first launched in Terengganu and the East Coast states of Kelantan before it expanded its distribution to other states. Sinar Harian also publishes several regional editions. It has northern editions, central editions, east coast edition and southern editions. The regional correspondents of the newspaper are based in each district and are known as Skuad Cakna.

Digital Media Presence

Sinar Harian also has a website to complement its print version. The news portal has several sections to cater to the interest of its readers. Sinar Harian has accounts on social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram besides a YouTube channel. It also has mobile application for both Android and iOS devices.

Controversy

On February 13, 2018, the newspaper published an article on how to spot homosexuals. It also carried an interview with the homophobic Muslim scholar Hanafiah Abdul Malek.

Malaysia Newspapers 8 Sinar Harian website

Sinar Harian Online

Sinar Harian ePaper

Sinar Harian Android App

Sinar Harian iOS App

Oriental Daily News

Malaysia Newspapers 9 Oriental Daily News

Oriental Daily News is a Chinese language daily newspaper published in Malaysia. Founded by Datuk Seri Liu Huigan, the newspaper is owned by the KTS Group, a Sarawak timber company. Oriental Daily News is headquartered in Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia. The target audience of the newspaper is basically readers from the upper and middle class.

Journey

Oriental Daily News was first published on September 29, 2002. However, soon its license was suspended by the Home Ministry of Malaysia. The suspension was lifted in December 2002. Oriental Daily also has a website and mobile apps besides handles on prominent social media platforms.

Malaysia Newspapers 9 Oriental Daily News website

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Oriental Daily News (????) iOS App

Edge

The Edge Media Group publishes business and financial newspapers in Singapore and Malaysia. The group also assimilates news from their media partners in the Philippines, Thailand, China and Indonesia. The Edge Malaysia is a weekly business newspaper. Its first issue appeared in 1994. According to January 2014 figures of the Audit Bureau of Circulations, The Edge Malaysia had an approximate circulation of 22,572.

Digital Media Presence

The main website of The Edge Media Group is theedgemarkets.com. It is also available on social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. One can also find its news app on both Android and iOS devices.

Malaysia Newspapers 10 Edge website

Edge Online

Edge ePaper

Edge Android App

Edge iOS App

Nanyang Siang Pau

Malaysia Newspapers 11 Nanyang Siang Pau scaled

Nanyang Siang Pau is a Chinese-language daily newspaper in Malaysia. Published in the broadsheet format, it was founded by philanthropist-entrepreneur Tan Kah Kee. Its first issue appeared on September 6, 1923. Nanyang Siang Pau is one of the oldest Chinese language newspapers in Malaysia.

Origin

Though it originated in Singapore, Nanyang Siang Pau was launched in Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia, in 1958. The newspaper shifted its headquarters to Kuala Lumpur only in 1962. Currently, it is based in Petaling Jaya. Nanyang Siang Pau ceased its publications for four months during the World War II. Nanyang Siang Pau resumed its operation on September 8, 1945. The circulation of Nanyang Siang Pau was 114000 in 2012.

Malaysia Newspapers 11 Nanyang Siang Pau website

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Nanyang Siang Pau (????) Android App

Nanyang Siang Pau (????) iOS App

Harakah

Malaysia Newspapers 12 Harakah

Harakah is a weekly newspaper published in the tabloid format in Malaysia. Owned by the Malaysian Islamic Party, it was founded in 1987. Harakah is headquartered in Kuala Lumpur, the capital city of Malaysia. Besides being published in the Malay language, Harakah also consists of an English language pullout of eight pages. In 2007, a page in Jawi writing was launched. Harakah also has a website. It is present on social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

Malaysia Newspapers 12 Harakah website

Harakah Online

Harakah ePaper

Harakah iOS App

Kwong Wah Yit Poh (????)

Malaysia Newspapers 13 Kwong Wah Yit Poh

Kwong Wah Yit Poh is a Chinese language daily newspaper published in Malaysia. Founded by Dr. Sun Yat-sen, it first appeared on December 20, 1910. Published in the broadsheet format, it is currently based in Penang. The idea of this newspaper was conceived in 1907 when Dr Sun, Hu Hanmin, Huang Xing and Wang Jingwei visited Penang.

Kwong Wah Yit Poh claims to be the oldest private Chinese newspaper in the world. The house where it was founded has now been converted into Sun Yat-sen Museum Penang. Kwong Wah Yit Poh has a news portal as well. It is also present on Facebook and YouTube.

Malaysia Newspapers 13 Kwong Wah Yit Poh website

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Kwong Wah Yit Poh (????) Android App

Kwong Wah Yit Poh (????) iOS App

The Sun ?

Malaysia Newspapers 14 Sun

The Sun is the first free national daily newspaper in Malaysia. Headquartered in Petaling Jaya, it functions in the English language. Published in the tabloid format, the newspaper is circulated from Monday to Friday barring public holidays. The first issue of The Sun appeared on June 1, 1993. It then stopped operations on June 30, 1994, and underwent a revamp. The newspaper resumed publication after a month.

Circulation

The Sun became a free newspaper in 2002. According to the 2015 figures by the Audit Bureau of Circulations Malaysia, the circulation of The Sun was 306249, making it the highest circulated English newspaper. The Sun also has a news portal. It is present on social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Malaysia Newspapers 14 Sun website

Sun Online

Sun ePaper

Sun Android App

Sun iOS App

The Borneo Post

Malaysia Newspapers 15 Borneo Post

The Borneo Post is an English language daily newspaper in Malaysia. It is said to be the largest English daily in East Malaysia. Founded in 1978, The Borneo Post is published in the Berliner format. It is headquartered in Kuching, Sarawak. Its five printing plants are located across Sabah and Sarawak.

The Borneo Post is printed daily in Miri, Kota Kinabalu, Kuching, Sibu and Lahad Datu. Its two sister publications are See Hua Daily News and Utusan Borneo. The Borneo Post also has a news portal that was launched in 2007. It is present on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Malaysia Newspapers 15 Borneo Post website

Borneo Post Online

Borneo Post ePaper

Borneo Post Android App

Borneo Post iOS App

Malaysian Reserve

Malaysia Newspapers 16 Malaysian Reserve

The Malaysian Reserve is a business newspaper owned and published by the TMR Media Sdn Bhd. The first issue of the newspaper was published in May 2007. It is headquartered in Petaling Jaya. The Malaysian Reserve also has a website. The portal has several categories such as Economy, Business Industry, Markets and many more. It is also available on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Malaysia Newspapers 16 Malaysian Reserve website

Malaysian Reserve Online

Malaysian Reserve ePaper

Guang Ming Daily

Malaysia Newspapers 17 Guang Ming Daily

Guang Ming Daily is a Mandarin language newspaper published in Malaysia. The newspaper was earlier known as Sin Pin Jit Poh or Sin Pin Daily. It was founded by Aw Boon Haw, who also established Sin Chew Daily. After the newspaper stopped publication in 1986, the former employees of Sin Pin Daily launched Guang Ming Daily in December 1987. The Rimbunan Hijau Group acquired the newspaper in 1992.

Malaysia Newspapers 17 Guang Ming Daily website

Guang Ming Daily (????) Online

Guang Ming Daily (????) ePaper

Guang Ming Daily (????) Android App

Guang Ming Daily (????) iOS App

Daily Express

Daily Express is a newspaper published in Malaysia. Headquartered in Sabah, the English language daily was founded by Tan Sri Yeh Pao Tzu. Its first issue appeared on March 1, 1963.  Besides English, Daily Express is published in the Malay and Kadazan languages. Published in Berliner format, Daily Express is the largest newspaper in Sabah.

Malaysia Newspapers 18 Express website

Express Online

Express Android App

Express iOS App

Utusan Malaysia

Malaysia Newspapers 19 Utusan Malaysia

Utusan Malaysia is a Malay language daily newspaper in Malaysia. Earlier, it was owned by the Utusan Group. However, now Media Mulia is the owner of the newspaper. Utusan Malaysia is the oldest Malay newspaper in the world. Initially, it was published in Jawi in 1939. Back then, it was titled Utusan Melayu and was based in Singapore. The newspaper was founded by Yusof Ishak, who went on to become the first President of Singapore.

Malaysia Newspapers 19 Utusan Malaysia website

Utusan Malaysia Online

Utusan Malaysia ePaper

Utusan Malaysia Android App

Utusan Malaysia iOS App

Focus Malaysia

Malaysia Newspapers 20 Focus Malaysia

Focus Malaysia is a business and investment newspaper in Malaysia. Founded in 2012, it is headquartered in Petaling Jaya. Focus Malaysia also has a website. The portal has different categories such as Featured, Opinion, Business, Politics, Markets and Lifestyle among others. It is available on social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube as well.

Malaysia Newspapers 20 Focus Malaysia website

Focus Malaysia Online

Focus Malaysia Android App

United Daily

Malaysia Newspapers 21 United Daily

United Daily is a website that operates on a membership basis. It also claims to serve as an e-commerce group. United Daily is also available on social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. It even offers mobile applications for both Android and iOS devices.

Malaysia Newspapers 21 United Daily website

United Daily Online

United Daily ePaper

United Daily Android App

Kosmo!

Malaysia Newspapers 22 Kosmo

Kosmo! is a Malay language newspaper. Its first issue appeared on August 31, 2004. Published in the compact format, the newspaper is owned by Media Mulia. Kosmo! also has a website and is present on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Twitter.

Malaysia Newspapers 22 Kosmo website

Kosmo! Online

Kosmo! Android App

New Sabah Times

Malaysia Newspapers 23 New Sabah Times

New Sabah Times is a news website and a defunct newspaper in Malaysia. Its origin can be traced back to 1949. The newspaper was founded by Donald Stephens, who went on to become the first Chief Minister of Sabah. Back then, it was known as Sabah Times. The publication ceased its operations on December 31, 2020.

Malaysia Newspapers 23 New Sabah Times website

New Sabah Times Online

New Sabah Times ePaper

Part II: News websites

In the second part of the article, we have described the most prominent news websites of Malaysia.

Malaysiakini

Malaysiakini is a news portal in Malaysia. It is published in the English, Malay, Chinese and Tamil languages. The website claims that it is visited by 2.5 million readers every month.  Malaysiakini was ranked as the 13th most popular website in Malaysia by Alexa in 2015.

History

Founded on November 20, 1999, by Premesh Chandran and Steven Gan, it is headquartered in Petaling Jaya. The website started its journey with five journalists. In 2010, Malaysiakini applied for a newspaper license, which was rejected by the Home Ministry. After emerging to be legally victorious, it again applied for the permit. However, the application was rejected again. In 2013, its parent company launched a business website KiniBix and internet TV portal KiniTV.

Impactful Reports

In its first story, malaysiakini.com shared a report slamming Sin Chew Daily for doctoring a photograph. The report eventually led the newspaper to issue a public apology, stated BBC News. In April 2001, malaysiakini.com again created buzz after it published a report on the secret detention of 10 political activists.

Categories

The website has several categories like Roundup, Special Report, Opinions, News’ Lab and Editor’s Pick among others. It is also available on social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

Malaysia Newspapers 24 Malaysiakini website

Malaysiakini Online

Malaysiakini iOS App

Astro Awani

Astro Awani is the first 24 hour TV news channel in Malaysia. The channel first went on air on September 6, 2007. Back in 2002, it was launched as Astro News. However, at that time, the channel usually carried content from Al Jazeera, CCTV-9, Eurosport News, BBC World and Deutsche Welle. Alongside, it also broadcast Astro News, which was a half-an-hour local news program.

Origin

On June 15, 2006, Astro Awani was launched for the first time in Indonesia. It was a joint venture between Astro and the Indian news channel NDTV. However, the project soon went off-air in 2008. Meanwhile, Astro Awani started broadcast in Malaysia on September 6, 2007. In March 2009, it replaced Astro News. The target audience of Astro Awani is based in Malaysia, Brunei and Indonesia.

Website

Astro Awani also has a news portal. For the convenience of its readers, the website has categorised its stories into several sections such as Malaysia, World, Political and Entertainment among others. Astro Awani is also available on social media platforms. It has accounts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram besides a YouTube channel. The Reuters Institute Digital News Report 2018 named Astro Awani as the “most trusted” Malaysian source of news.

Malaysia Newspapers 25 ‎Astro Awani website

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?Astro Awani iOS App

SAYS

Says is a website in Malaysia. Headquartered in Petaling Jaya, the company is owned by the Says Sdn Bhd. The portal was launched globally on May 31, 2012, expanding its network to the Philippines, Singapore, Australia and India. To cater to the interest of its readers, Says.com has segregated the news into different sections such as Lifestyle, Tech, Travel, News and many more. It is also present on social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

Malaysia Newspapers 26 SAYS website

SAYS Online

fmtNews

Free Malaysia Today is Malaysian news website that claims to be “independent” and bilingual in its About Us section. With focus on the country’s current affairs, Free Malaysia Today has been presenting news since 2009. What makes it different from the others in the lot? Free Malaysia Today claims it stays “true to objectivity”, which is a “missing dimension in today’s news scene”.

Dorairaj Nadason is the Managing Editor of Free Malaysia Today (2021), which publishes news in sections like Berita, Opinion, World, Business, Property, Sports, Lifestyle and Ohsem! among others. Free Malaysia Today has mobile apps for both Android and iOS users and can be followed on social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Telegram and Youtube.

Malaysia Newspapers 27 fmtNews website

fmtNews Online

fmtNews Android App

fmtNews iOS App

mStar

mStar is a Malay language news website owned and operated by the Star Media Group, which was earlier known as Star Publications (Malaysia) Berhad. According to its official Facebook page, mStar was launched in August 2005 with an objective to publish news according to the “needs of young people”.

Spotlight, Xpose, Lokal, Global, Sukan, Travel, Video and BeliLokal are among the sections of news on the mStar website. It has an app for the Android mobile phones and can be followed on various social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.

Malaysia Newspapers 28 mstar website

mStar Online

mStar Android App

BERNAMA

Bernama (Berita Nasional Malaysia in Malay) is the Malaysian national news agency owned by the government. Bernama is an autonomous body under the Ministry of Communication and Multimedia. The agency was established after an Act of Parliament in 1967. It became operational on May 20, 1968. Bernama’s content is right-leaning and pro-government. The agency has a TV channel, radio channel and website.

Network

Bernama is headquartered in Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia. It has branches in all the states of the country besides correspondents in Singapore, New Delhi, Bangkok, Beijing and Jakarta. The agency also has stringers in New York, London, Australia and Washington D.C.

Malaysia Newspapers 29 BERNAMA website

BERNAMA Online

BERNAMA Android App

Malaysia Today

Malaysia Today is a news blog launched in August 2004. It was founded two weeks before the release of ex-Deputy Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim on September 2, 2004. Raja Petra, who was the leading member of Free Anwar Campaign website, founded it as a part of the “Free Malaysia” campaign. The portal has categories such as News, Malaysia, World and Opinion among others.

Malaysia Newspapers 30 Malaysia Chronicle website

Malaysia Today Online

Malaysia Chronicle

Malaysia Chronicle is a news website in Malaysia. It was launched on June 1, 2010. To cater to the interest of its readers, the portal has different news categories such as Politics, Malay, Business and Social among others.

Malaysia Newspapers 31 Malaysia Today website

Malaysia Chronicle Online

Kini TV

Kini TV is an internet video portal. Launched in 2013, it is owned by the Mkini Group Sdn Bhd. Headquartered in Petaling Jaya, its sister portals are business website KiniBiz and news website Malaysiakini. Kini TV is available on social media platforms as well. One can find it on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Malaysia Newspapers 32 KiniTV website

KiniTV Online

See Hua Daily News

See Hua Daily News is a Chinese language daily newspaper. It is headquartered in Kuching, Sarawak. See Hua Daily News was established in 1952. It is circulated mostly in Sarawak and Sabah besides the Sultanate of Brunei. See Hua Daily News also has a portal. It is available on social media platforms such as Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.

Malaysia Newspapers 33 Seehua website

Seehua Online

Seehua iOS App

Malay News

Malay News is a news website that aggregates articles and reports from different news sources in Malaysia. The portal has several sections such as National, States News, Showbiz, Sports and World News among others. It is also present on social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Malaysia Newspapers 34 Malay news website

Malay.news Online

Part III: Ethnic and multicultural newspapers and news websites

In the third part of the article, we have shared a list of the prominent newspapers and news websites that serve various ethnic groups of Malaysia.

Vanakkam Malaysia

Vanakkam Malaysia is a Tamil language website operating in Malaysia. Vanakkam Malaysia was started in 2003, according to its official YouTube channel. “The site highlights national and international news encompassing various aspects such as current affairs, community issues, business, cinema, sports and so forth,” Vanakkam Malaysia describes itself in the About Us section of its YouTube channel.

Malaysia Newspapers 35 Vanakkam Malaysia website

Vanakkam Malaysia Online

Vanakkam Malaysia Android App

Vanakkam Malaysia iOS App

Malaysia Nanban

Malaysia Nanban is the most popular Tamil language national daily of Malaysia. Makkal Osai and Tamil Nesan are other two Tamil newspapers operating in the country. According to Nielsen, the circulation of Malaysia Nanban was estimated at 465,0000 copies in 2012.

Malaysia Newspapers 36 Maleisië Nieuws website

Malaysia Nanban (in Tamil) Online

Malaysia Nanban (in Tamil) Android App

Malaysia Nanban (in Tamil) iOS App

Maleisië Nieuws

Maleisië Nieuws is a Dutch language news aggregator that collects and distributes news in Malaysia. The website has its headquarters at Seri Kembangan near Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia. Established in 2001, privately owned Maleisië Nieuws actively started aggregating Dutch news in 2007.

Malaysia Newspapers 37 Malaysia Nanban website

Maleisië Nieuws Online

Conclusion

Like many other countries across the globe, Malaysia is also witnessing a fall in the circulation of the newspapers. However, the internet media is booming in the country, also because of the lighter censorship laws in compare to the ones for the conventional media. According to the Internet World Stats, more than 80 percent population of the country had access to the internet by 2019.

The Reuters Institute claims that the most of the news readership comes from the social media platforms in Malaysia these days. According to the United States-based Freedom House, the websites operating in and outside of Malaysia that criticised the former administration were unblocked by the new elected government in 2018.

Media Struggle

Critics of the existing rules that restrict reporting of certain affairs claim that the journalists “probably won’t be hauled off and shot” but may face a reduced employment opportunities in case they question the government. The critics add that the family members of such journalists have reported issues in finding “a place at one of the better public universities”. The laws like the Printing Presses and Publications Act have been used by the former governments to curb the freedom of expression of the working journalists.

The country had ranked 141st in the Press Freedom Index by Reporters Without Borders in 2010 and improved to the 122nd rank by 2012.

Languages

While Malay is the primary language of news printed and broadcasted by the Malaysian media, English, Chinese and Tamil are the other languages that serve the country’s readers as per their ethnicity.

While the propelling industry knows no bounds, we at MediaBuzz are working hard to provide encyclopedic coverage of all the news sources. We are a team of professional writers with a knack for the trends in the world of journalism.

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