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The Star (Malaysia)

The Star (Malaysia)
Type Daily newspaper
Format Tabloid
Owner(s) Star Publications (Malaysia) Berhad
Editor Wong Chun Wai
Founded 9 September 1971
Political alignment Pro-government
Language English
Headquarters Jalan 16/11, 46350
Petaling Jaya, Selangor Darul Ehsan
Circulation 289,611 (daily)
292,226 (Sunday Star)
*Source: Audit Bureau of Circulations, Malaysia – July 2013– Dec 2013

The Star is an English-language, tabloid-format newspaper in Malaysia. It is the second largest English newspaper in terms of circulation in Malaysia, according to the Audit Bureau of Circulations.[1] It has a daily circulation of between 290,000 to 300,000. The Star is also published online for free. The Star Online sits among the most popular news sites in Malaysia.[2] The Star is a member of the Asia News Network.

The Star is majority-owned by the Malaysian Chinese Association,[3] the third-largest party in the ruling Barisan Nasional alliance. Its major competitors are the New Straits Times and The Sun, both tabloids.


The daily newspaper was first published on 9 September 1971 as a regional newspaper based in Penang. The STAR went into national circulation on 3 January 1976 when it set up its new office in Kuala Lumpur. In 1978, the newspaper headquarters was relocated to Kuala Lumpur. The Star continues to expand its wings over the years. In 1981, it moved its headquarters from Kuala Lumpur to Petaling Jaya which is also its current premise to accommodate a growing number of staff and technology devices.

In 1987, The Star was one of the newspapers whose publication licences were withdrawn in Operation Lalang.[4] It resumed publication five months later in March 1988, but after its return, The Star lost its previous 'liberal flavour'.[5]


The Star (daily) and Sunday Star are published in five editions – two editions which cover the northern peninsular states of Penang, Kedah, Perlis, Kelantan and northern Perak, while another two editions cover the rest of the country. As of March 2010, the newspaper has a separate Sarawak edition priced at RM1.20.

There are two main printing plants that publish four editions of The Star on a daily basis. The northern editions are printed at the Star Northern Hub in Bayan Lepas, Penang, while the other two editions are printed at the Star Media Hub in Bukit Jelutong, Shah Alam, Selangor.


The Star weekday paper is packaged as a 4-in-1 paper, comprising the Main Paper, StarBiz, Star2 and Star Metro. Naturally, this newspaper also contains classifieds.

The Main Paper covers the latest in both local and international news while StarBiz offers a comprehensive coverage of business developments, market trends, financial reports and updates in the stock market. Star2 features articles on lifestyle, entertainment, health, parenting, social etiquette, science, environment, fashion, food, comics and many more. The contents published on the Star Metro varies by edition, covering news and events in a particular region covered by each edition.

Weekly sections include:

  • StarBytz (every Tuesday; formerly known as In-Tech): focuses on computers and information technology
  • R.AGE (Mondays to Fridays in StarTwo, bumper issue every Wednesday): features lifestyle and trends for the young [6]
  • StarEducate (Sundays): features careers, school, exam tips, advice on furthering education, commentaries by renowned educationists and updates in the education industry
  • Star Fit4Life (Sundays): focuses on various aspects of well-being, from medical research to treatments, fitness trends, diet and nutrition, mental health, ageing and public health issues, alternative therapy and healing methods
  • Life Inspired (Sundays): a luxury-focused pull-out covering topics from art, architecture, travel, fashion, food and more. This section was launched in October 2013. [7]
  • Dots (Sundays): News and articles sourced from international media partners covering a varied range of topics from politics and society to people. Provides a deeper insight into thoughts, senses and outlook
  • The Star BizWeek is a weekly financial magazine published every Saturday that highlights issues, companies, personalities, developments, and stocks that are likely to make news in the week ahead
  • F1F4 is a fortnightly pull-out published on alternate Mondays. It contains information about Mathematics and Science syllabus for Form One and Form Four.
  • Stuff@school is a weekly pullout distributed every Monday to schools that subscribe to The Star. It features newsy articles, interviews, book reviews and short stories dedicated to teens.
  • Star Metro is a pull-out featuring news and events from all of Malaysia and occasionally, abroad. Star Metro also features the classifieds.

Other publications by Star Publications

  • Kuntum magazine (published since February 1980)
  • Shang Hai (published since March 1979 - September 2014)
  • Galaxie (published October 1974 - December 2013)
  • Flavours (Recipe Book) (published since December 1994, acquired in 1995)

Radio stations

  • Red FM: English radio station
  • Suria FM: Malay radio station
  • 988 FM: Mandarin radio station
  • Capital FM: Real Radio for Real Women: Capital FM 88.9, Women-The New Capital


  • Online web video portal
  • Online property portal
  • Online job portal


The Star has many prominent columnists, both from within and without.[8] Among them are Marina Mahathir, daughter of former Prime Minister Tun Mahathir Mohamed, Tan Sri Lin See Yan, former deputy governor of Bank Negara, Martin Khor (since 1978),[9] former head of the Third World Network, Shad Saleem Faruqi, law professor, Karim Raslan and Azmi Sharom.


The Star is majority owned by the Malaysian Chinese Association, a political party in Malaysia that represents the Malaysian Chinese ethnicity, one of the component parties of the ruling Barisan Nasional coalition.[10][11]

See also

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  1. ^ "About The Star and Sunday Star". The Star (Malaysia). Retrieved 30 July 2011. 
  2. ^ "The Star Online is the most visited news portal in Malaysia". The Star Online. 17 October 2013. Retrieved 26 January 2014. 
  3. ^ Siow Chen Ming. "A cash cow for Huaren". (23 March 2009). The Edge. Retrieved 12 May 2009, from [1]
  4. ^ Eileen Ng (28 October 2012). "Former Ops Lalang detainees happy that ISA has been repealed". The Star. 
  5. ^ John Hilley (2001). Malaysia: Mahathirism, Hegemony and the New Opposition. Zed Books. p. 120. ISBN 978-1856499187. 
  6. ^ "About R.AGE". 
  7. ^ "Living it up". The Star Online. 20 October 2013. Retrieved 26 January 2014. 
  8. ^ "The Star Columnists". Retrieved 2 April 2010. 
  9. ^ JIN, SOO EWE (30 January 2010). "Up close & personal with Martin Khor". Star Publications. Retrieved 26 April 2012. 
  10. ^[dead link]
  11. ^ "Perception and Royal Reality in Malaysia". Asia Sentinel. 25 January 2010. Retrieved 26 April 2012. 

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