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Encyclopedia > New Straits Times
Image:NST Malaysia frontpage.jpg
Type Daily newspaper
Format Tabloid

Owner Media Prima
Publisher New Straits Times Press
Editor Hishamuddin Aun
Founded July 15, 1845 (as The Straits Time
1965 (as the New Straits Times)
Political allegiance Right of centre,
pro-government
Language English
Price RM1.20
Headquarters Balai Berita 31, Jalan Riong,
59100 Bangsar,
Kuala Lumpur
Flag of Malaysia Malaysia.
Circulation 200,000

Website: nst.com.my

The New Straits Times is a Malaysian English-language newspaper that is linked to the ruling UMNO. It is Malaysia's oldest newspaper, having been founded as The Straits Times in 1845, and was reestablished as the "New Straits Times" in 1965. The paper served as Malaysia's only broadsheet format English language newspaper. However, following the heels of British newspapers The Times and The Independent, a tabloid version first rolled off the presses on 1st September 2004 and since 18 April 2005, the newspaper is published only in tabloid size, ending a 160-year-old tradition of broadsheet publication. The New Straits Times currently retails at RM1.20 (~36 USD cents). The Straits Times is an English-language broadsheet newspaper based in Singapore, currently owned by the Singapore Press Holdings (SPH). ... Image File history File links NstLogo2005. ... Image File history File links NST_Malaysia_frontpage. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Media Prima Berhad is the largest media corporation in Malaysia. ... The New Straits Times Press (NSTP) is a Malaysian conglomerate of publishing companies, owned by Media Prima. ... is the 196th day of the year (197th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1845 was a common year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar). ... Year 1965 (MCMLXV) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the 1965 Gregorian calendar. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... ISO 4217 Code MYR User(s) Malaysia Inflation 2. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Nickname: Motto: Maju dan makmur (English: Progress and Prosper) Location in Malaysia Coordinates: , Country State Establishment 1857 Granted city status 1974 Government  - Mayor (Datuk Bandar) Datuk Abdul Hakim Borhan From 14 December 2006 Area  - Total 243. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Malaysia. ... English is a West Germanic language originating in England, and the first language for most people in Australia, Canada, the Commonwealth Caribbean, Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States of America (also commonly known as the Anglosphere). ... The United Malays National Organisation (UMNO), Pertubuhan Kebangsaan Melayu Bersatu in Malay, is the largest political party in Malaysia and a founding member of the Barisan Nasional coalition, which has ruled the country uninterrupted since independence. ... The Straits Times is an English-language broadsheet newspaper based in Singapore, currently owned by the Singapore Press Holdings (SPH). ... 1845 was a common year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar). ... Newspaper sizes in August 2005. ... The Times is a national newspaper published daily in the United Kingdom (and the Kingdom of Great Britain before the United Kingdom existed) since 1788 when it was known as The Daily Universal Register. ... For other uses, see The Independent (disambiguation). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 108th day of the year (109th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... ISO 4217 Code MYR User(s) Malaysia Inflation 2. ... USD redirects here. ... ¢ c A United States cent, or 1¢ or a penny In currency, the cent is a monetary unit that equals 1/100 of various countries basic monetary units. ...


The New Straits Times is printed by the New Straits Times Press, which also produces the English language afternoon newspaper, The Malay Mail, as well as assorted Malay language newspapers, most notably the Berita Harian. The New Straits Times is part of Media Prima group of companies. The New Straits Times Press (NSTP) is a Malaysian conglomerate of publishing companies, owned by Media Prima. ... The Mail is a Malaysian newspaper. ... Not to be confused with the Malayalam language, spoken in India. ... Berita Harian is a major Malay language newspaper in Malaysia. ... Media Prima Berhad is the largest media corporation in Malaysia. ...


The current Group Editor of the New Straits Times is Syed Nadzri Syed Harun, while Kamrul Idris Zulkifli is acting Deputy Group Editor. Executive Editors, as of January 1, 2007, include KP Waran, Lim Thow Boon, Rajan Moses and P'ng Hong Kwang.

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Origins

The paper was originally founded as The Straits Times and covered all of what was then British Malaya, and Singapore, where it was based. This continued when Singapore became part of Malaysia in 1963, but upon its departure from the Federation in 1965, a separate paper published and based in Malaysia, the New Straits Times, was established, whilst The Straits Times has continued publication in Singapore. Owing to political sensitivities, newspapers from one country cannot be sold in the other, hence the Straits Times is not sold in Malaysia, and the New Straits Times is not sold in Singapore. The Straits Times is an English-language broadsheet newspaper based in Singapore, currently owned by the Singapore Press Holdings (SPH). ... British Malaya was a set of states that were colonized by the British from the 18th and the 19th until the 20th century. ... On 16 September 1963, Singapore joined the Federation of Malaya together with Sabah and Sarawak to form Malaysia. ... For other uses, see 1963 (disambiguation). ... Year 1965 (MCMLXV) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the 1965 Gregorian calendar. ...


Political control and controversy

The New Straits Times has been accused of serving as a propaganda tool for the government and its proxy owner, the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO). One critic has claimed that the newspaper "is now nothing more than an UMNO Newsletter." [1] Though publicly listed on the Kuala Lumpur Stock Exchange, the ruling Malaysian political party UMNO holds a golden vote and decides all policies, and the newspaper has a tradition of appointing editors sympathetic to the government of the day.[citation needed] Its last editor, Abdullah Ahmad (not to be confused with the prime minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi) was sacked shortly after the retirement of former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad. The public reason given was that he had written an article which offended Saudi authorities (Saudi Arabia is one of Malaysia's close allies), but it has been claimed that he was felt to be biased towards Mahathir and against Najib (currently Malaysia's Deputy Prime Minister), although a few months before Mahathir resigned he attempted to change loyalties in an abrupt about-face to suit the new political climate.[citation needed] For other uses, see Propaganda (disambiguation). ... Sang Saka Bangsa The United Malays National Organisation, or UMNO, (Malay: Pertubuhan Kebangsaan Melayu Bersatu), is the right-Wing and the largest political party in Malaysia and a founding member of the Barisan Nasional coalition, which has ruled the country uninterruptedly since its independence. ... The Kuala Lumpur Stock Exchange (KLSE, Bursa Saham Kuala Lumpur in Malay) dates back to 1930 when the Singapore Stockbrokers Association was set up as a formal organisation dealing in securities in Malaya. ... The United Malays National Organisation (UMNO), Pertubuhan Kebangsaan Melayu Bersatu in Malay, is the largest political party in Malaysia and a founding member of the Barisan Nasional coalition, which has ruled the country uninterrupted since independence. ... Tan Sri Abdullah Ahmad (born 1933) is a Malaysian journalist and a politician. ... Dato Seri Abdullah bin Haji Ahmad Badawi[1] (born November 26, 1939 in Kepala Batas, Penang) is the 5th Prime Minister of Malaysia. ... Mahathir bin Mohamad (born December 20, 1925 in Alor Star, Kedah) was the Prime Minister of Malaysia from July 16, 1981 to 2003. ...


Rehman Rashid, a noted intellectual famous for his scathing wit has been reinstated as associate Editor, having been fired from the paper in May 2003 for refusing to ghostwrite for the aforementioned Abdullah Ahmad. The former Group Editor in Chief of the NST was Datuk Kalimullah Hassan, who insisted that his would be the last appointment to the position to be made directly by politicians. Despite the common perception that he is pro-Government, Kalimullah was a popular editor as he took a very hands-on approach to his job, even writing some front page articles. However, he is also accused of being overly sycophantic to his political masters and intolerant of those who do not share his views. He continues to participate in the paper's workings in an advisory capacity. Kalimullah appointed his successor, Datuk Hishamuddin Aun, in late 2005.[citation needed] Rehman Rashid is a prominent Malaysian journalist and writer. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Following accusations that he plagiarised Detroit Free Press columnist Mitch Albom on October 2006,[2][3] Brendan Pereira resigned as Group Editor in December 31, 2006, succeeded by Syed Nadzri Syed Harun. The newspaper however, asserted that his resignation had been agreed upon a fortnight before the column in which the alleged plagiarism had occurred. To this end, the newspaper demanded a retraction of the report made in on BBC's website but a compromised was reached with the BBC and the report is now footnoted with a clarification that "it was not intended to convey the meaning Mr Brenden Pereira was leaving the New Straits Times Group because he was guilty of plagiarism". Along with The Detroit News, the Detroit Free Press is one of the two major metro Detroit newspapers. ... Mitchell David Albom (born May 23, 1958 in Passaic, New Jersey) is a U.S. novelist and newspaper columnist for the Detroit Free Press, radio host, and TV commentator. ...


Incorporated sections

Business Times

The paper has for some years incorporated the Business Times, expanding its business section and increasing its appeal among businessmen. http://www.btimes.com.my


Property Times

First published in May 1995, the Property Times is a pull-out section in the New Straits Times, every Saturday. It focuses on introducing the property market and home decoration tips. http://properties.emedia.com.my


Notes and references

  1. ^ Merican, Din & Musa, M. Bakri (2006). "The Bold and The Predictable - Exchanges with Din Merican". Retrieved March 13, 2006.
  2. ^ Ooi, Jeff (31/10/2006). How we dearly miss Brendan by 50 Albom days. Screenshots. Retrieved on 08-03-2007.
  3. ^ Kent, Jonathan (02/11/2006). Malaysia editor in plagiarism row. BBC News Online. Retrieved on 08-03-2007.

The tone or style of this article or section may not be appropriate for Wikipedia. ... BBC News website in June 2007. ...

External links

  • Official New Straits Times web site

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