The Star (Malaysia)
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The Star is an English-language, tabloid-format newspaper in Malaysia. Based in Petaling Jaya, it was established in 1971 as a regional newspaper in Penang. It is the largest paid English newspaper in terms of circulation in Malaysia, according to the Audit Bureau of Circulations. It has a daily circulation of about 250,000 (as of January 2017), far eclipsing the circulation of its next-largest paid English-language competitor, the New Straits Times (who has a circulation of approximately 65,000).
|Owner(s)||Star Media Group Berhad (ROC 10894D) (formerly known as Star Publications (Malaysia) Berhad)|
|Editor||Datuk Leanne Goh|
|Founded||9 September 1971|
|Headquarters||Jalan 16/11, 46350
Petaling Jaya, Selangor Darul Ehsan
|Circulation||248,413 (Daily Star)
246,652 (Sunday Star)
105,645 (Daily Star E-paper)
104,804 (Sunday Star E-paper)
*Source: Audit Bureau of Circulations, Malaysia - July to December 2015
The Star is a member of the Asia News Network.
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In 1987, The Star was one of the newspapers whose publication licences were withdrawn in Operation Lalang. It resumed publication five months later in March 1988, but after its return, The Star lost its previous 'liberal flavour'.
The Star's dominant position as Malaysia's leading English-language newspaper has, for decades, been of significant benefit to its major shareholder, the Malaysian Chinese Association (MCA) political party (who has ruled since independence as a junior member of the Barisan Nasional coalition). Between 1997 and 2007, it was estimated that the MCA's investment arm, Huaren Holdings, collected MYR270 million in dividends - almost exclusively from their 42% shareholding in the Star's parent company - with dividends peaking at MYR40 million per year between 2005 and 2007. Despite a significant portion of these dividends funding debts from their later acquisition of Nanyang Siang Pau, a total of MYR100 million was still paid out to the MCA between 2001 and 2007.
The Star (daily) and Sunday Star are published in five editions. Two editions 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 Monday; formerly known as In-Tech): focuses on computers and information technology
- R.AGE (every Tuesday): features lifestyle and trends for the young
- 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.
- 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.
- CarSifu is a pullout distributed every twice a month on alternating Thursdays that offers updates on the automobile scene.
Notable columnists for The Star include Marina Mahathir, a socio-political activist and writer, Martin Khor (since 1978), former head of the Third World Network, and law professor Shad Saleem Faruqi.
Tunku Abdul Rahman, the first Prime Minister, also contributed to the newspaper through his column Looking Back which was published every Monday from 1974 to 1989. His writings in the column, which consisted of his personal accounts in the ruling party in regards to seeking Malaysia's independence, were deemed to be influential and so closely associated with the paper that its name was often backronymed by some readers as Suara Tunku Abdul Rahman (English: the Voice of Tunku Abdul Rahman).
As of September 2016, The Star is effectively controlled by the Malaysian government, though it is part of the publicly-listed Star Media Group (MYX: 6084). The largest stake, at 42.46%, is held by the Malaysian Chinese Association, the third-largest party in the ruling Barisan Nasional alliance. The three next-largest shareholders are Amanah Saham Bumiputera, a unit trust scheme exclusive to Bumiputera (15.44%), the Malaysian superannuation scheme, the Employees Provident Fund (5.98%) and Tabung Haji, the government-run hajj savings and investment fund (5.42%).
- "About The Star and Sunday Star". The Star (Malaysia). Retrieved 30 July 2011.
- Eileen Ng (28 October 2012). "Former Ops Lalang detainees happy that ISA has been repealed". The Star.
- John Hilley (2001). Malaysia: Mahathirism, Hegemony and the New Opposition. Zed Books. p. 120. ISBN 978-1856499187.
- "A cash cow for Huaren". The Edge Markets. 2009-03-23. Retrieved 2017-11-03.
- "About R.AGE".
- "Living it up". The Star Online. 20 October 2013. Retrieved 26 January 2014.
- "About Carsifu".
- JIN, SOO EWE (30 January 2010). "Up close & personal with Martin Khor". Star Publications. Retrieved 26 April 2012.
- "The Star Columnists". Retrieved 2 April 2010.
- Wong Chun Wai (31 August 2013). "Remembering Tunku". The Star. Retrieved 14 February 2017.
- Lim, Louisa (18 December 2010). "Tunku - A gift from heaven". The Star. Retrieved 14 February 2017.
- Barrock, Jose (18 June 2013). "The Star, the early days". KiniBiz. Retrieved 14 February 2017.