English-language Media in Malaysia

Information about the local and international expat print and broadcast media that is available in Malaysia...

English is widely spoken throughout Malaysia and the country therefore has a rich English-language media, as well as good access to English-language websites and to satellite television channels.

English-language Print Media

There are a number of daily and weekly newspapers for foreigners in Malaysia. Most major foreign English-language magazines are available in Kuala Lumpur, as well as English-language magazines published in Malaysia.

Most major publications are available online as well as in print. For a more portable digital version, apps like the Mail Plus App from the UK's Daily Mail Group allow the latest news to be read on a phone or tablet, often for a much less than the cost of a subscription.

Business Times: Business newspaper with blogs, market data and up-to date news on local and foreign industries. The print edition is available by subscription.

Daily Express: Independent newspaper for Eastern Malaysia. It is published in English, Bahasa Malaysia and Kadazan.

Malay Mail: newspaper distributed throughout Malaysia and featuring local, world, sports and business news as well as sections on entertainment, lifestyle and classified advertisements.

Malaysian Today: The free newspaper was recently repositioned as a weekly newspaper aimed at young urban readers in the 17 to 25 age group. The paper focuses on sports and lifestyle.

New Straits Times: Malaysia's oldest newspaper (first published as The Straits Times in 1845), with a daily circulation of 139,000 and more than 300,000 readers. Its sister newspaper, the New Sunday Times, has a weekly circulation of 171,000 and over 600,000 readers. The newspaper has up-to-date news from around the world as well as Malaysian news, a classifieds section, and articles on health, technology, style and more.

Selangor Times: Free community newspaper set up by the Selangor state government and published on Fridays. The paper is dual-language, with 24 pages in English and eight pages in Mandarin. It is distributed throughout the Klang Valley in LRT stations, shopping malls, commuter stations, hypermarkets, markets, hospitals and colleges.

The Sundaily: English-language daily newspaper sold mainly in towns and cities. It has local, world, business and sports news as well as lifestyle, fashion and beauty articles.

SJ Echo: : A 24-page free community paper about life in Subang Jaya and USJ. It is distributed in Subang Jaya, USJ, Putra Heights, Bandar Sunway and Puching. It has information about local policies and issues of interest to paying living in these areas of the Klnag Valley.

The Star: The daily tabloid-format paper is published in four editions. With a circulation over 310,000 copies and more than one million readers, it is the most widely read English-language paper in the country. The Star has a sister Sunday newspaper, the Sunday Star.

The Edge: Business and investment weekly newspaper featuring politics, business news, market reports and stock market information. The Edge Malaysia also publishes a number of magazines including Personal Money, a monthly magazine focusing on personal finance issues, and a complementary magazine, Haven, on gardening and interiors, which is distributed every two months with The Edge.

Wall Street Journal Asia: Business and finance magazine published in Hong Kong and available in Kuala Lumpur and the surrounding area.

Online news

Malaysiakini: Launched in 1999, this English-language Malaysian news website is subscription based and publishes in English, Malay, Chinese and Tamil.

All major news media (television, radio, newspapers and magazines) have an online presence.

English-language Radio

There are a total of 19 private and 34 government-owned radio stations in Malaysia. Other stations such as the BBC World Service, China Radio International, Suara Malaysia and Voice of Vietnam are available via AM.

Bernama Radio24: The top news and talk radio station in Malaysia broadcasts in both English and Bahasa Malay. Transmission covers Kuala Lumpur and the Klang Valley.

BFM 89.9: A 24-hour radio station focused on business and financial news.

Fly FM: Popular independent English-language station targeting 15 to 30 year olds, with current chart music from the UK and USA, regular competitions and daily shows.

Hitz.fm: English-language radio network featuring current chart music and aimed mainly at 12 to 29 year olds.

Lite FM: Plays popular contemporary easy-listening music from around the world, and also features Asia-Pacific and world news, business news and sports reports.

MIX fm: Plays hits from the 80s to the 90s and is aimed at under-40 year olds.

RED FM 104.9: Independent radio station operated by Star Media Group, publisher of The Star and The Sunday Star, broadcasting in a mix of English and Bahasa Malaysia.

TRAXXfm: A government-owned station broadcasting in English. It focuses on information related to tourism for both local and international visitors

International radio

BBC World Service can be received on digital FM 90.2 and Satellite Hot Bird 2-13º East.

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The main BBC stations and other English-language radio stations can also be received via many satellite TV installations or over the Internet. Previously broadcast programmes can often be listened to again or downloaded.

Voice of America is also available on shortwave.

Radio on the Internet: English-language stations online

Radio stations often stream their broadcasts on the Internet. In order to listen to their programmes it is necessary to have RealPlayer or Windows Media Player, both of which can be downloaded.


Free-to-air television

RTM TV1: TV1 is a non-profit government station offering family viewing in both Malay and English.

RTM TV2: Offers entertainment programmes and films in English, Malay, Chinese, Korean and Indian. There are also a few programmes and films in Thai and Spanish.

TV3: Malaysia's top commercial television station broadcasts in Bahasa Malay and English and reaches 51 percent of households.

TV9: Started in 2006, the station broadcasts in Bahasa Malay, English, Chinese and Tamil.

Satellite television

Astro provides satellite television and radio service to three million subscribers in Malaysia (50 percent of households). Astro also offers video streaming to mobile phone users, a high definition (HD) television service and an internet television service. It has 125 television and radio channels, and eight HD channels.

Channels include: Al-Jazeera English, ASIA, Australia Network, BBC World, Bloomberg, CNBC, CNN, ESPN and Eurosport.