There is a variety of newspapers you can find in Malaysia that cover a wide range of topics interesting people of all ages and occupations. There are newspapers in all the languages spoken in this country, including Malay, English, Chinese, Indian and Dutch. Malaysia also has online newspapers that people can read regardless of their location. However, the most relevant newspapers for the people of Malaysia are, obviously, the ones written in the Malay language. Below you can read about the most important Malay language newspapers in this country.
BH, formerly known as Berita Harian, was first published in 1957 as the first mainstream newspaper in Bahasa Malaysia. Ever since then, BH has become a true chronicler of history for this country. In 2008, the newspaper entered a new era, being given a new look and trendier compact version. Another modification was made in 2012, when several changes were made: the ‘Ekonomi’ section was changed to ‘Bisnes’, the pullout ‘Ratu’ to ‘Famili’, and ‘Rona’ to ‘Kembara’; the layout, typography and pagination were made more attractive and easy to read; the color photographs are larger; new segments to attract younger readers have been introduced. All these changes made BH one of the most popular newspapers in Malaysia nowadays.
Literally translated from Malay to English as the Malaysian Courier, Utusan Malaysia started publication in 1967, being a romanised version for Utusan Melayu and daily edition of Mingguan Malaysia. Distinctive for its blue masthead and its logo and trademark, the newspaper has more than 32 pages of news and current affairs, with regular supplements, focusing on diverse topics such as entertainment, music, health, politics, fashion, and technology. It is also the only remaining newspaper that publishes in broadsheet.
Harian Metro is the first Malay daily afternoon tabloid in Klang Valley and morning tabloid in other part of Malaysia. It was established in 1991 as a result of a change in the demographics of urbanities, which led to a growing audience of young people who were looking for entertainment, shopping news, lifestyle features, and current news. Harian Metro cam to meet those needs in exciting editorial presentations. Over the past few years, the newspaper rose significantly and steadily gained momentum, especially after its layout was revamped in 2006 and new exciting pullouts were introduced in 2009. In 2011, Harian Metro maintained for the fifth year its title as the No. 1 daily Bahasa Melayu newspaper.
Short for Cosmopolitan, Kosmo! is a Malay language compact format newspaper owned by Utusan Malaysia, being available at most newsstands. The newspaper was launched in 2004 by Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and came into being when the public was in desperate need of a newspaper that could be easily read and carried. Kosmo! suits the taste of Malaysians who are mostly busy with their daily matters. Just like its name, all the sections in the newspaper use an exclamation mark (!).
Utusan Borneo is a Malay language daily newspaper on the island on Borneo, being circulated in the Sultanate of Brunei and the Malaysian states of Sarawak and Sabah, all on the northern coast of the island. It was established as a full newspaper in 2008, becoming the first full Malay language newspaper in Sabah. Before being launched as a separate newspaper, Utusan Borneo was provided as an insert in the English language Borneo Post. Now, the newspaper is headquarted in Kuching and has an editorial staff of about 100.
This Malay language daily newspaper is published in Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia in a compact format. Sinar Harian first hit the newsstands in 2006 in the East Coast states of Kelantan and Terengganu before expanding its distribution. Unlike most mainstream media in Malaysia, this newspaper is known for its relatively balanced reporting, featuring articles and columns that present views from all sides of the Malaysian political spectrum. The newspaper also occasionally organizes public forums and debates at which politicians and public figures are invited to speak, regardless of viewpoint.
These are the most notable Malay language newspapers in Malaysia. Depending on your personal preferences and interest, you will surely find a newspaper that will meet your needs and cover the subjects you are interested in.