Sin Chew Jit Poh or Sin Chew Daily is one of the oldest publications in Malaysia. It was founded in 15 January 1929 with a circulation of almost 400,000 in Peninsular Malaysia alone.
Top Chinese daily in Malaysia
Sin Chew Daily has a strong readership following in both West and East Malaysia. in Sarawak, its print run exceeds more than 50,000 as reported by the Audit Bureau of Circulations, Malaysia. This puts Sin Chew Daily the widest circulated Chinese newspaper in the country.
Top in every segment
What makes Sin Chew Daily so remarkable is that it is among the highest circulated publication across all segments. In fact, the circulation numbers showed that it is the leading daily in Malaysia with the Bahasa Malaysia newspapers exceeding its circulation on Sundays.
Strong network of media
Sin Chew is very well connected with the regional media owners. The newspaper is a member of the Asia News Network and is sold not only within Malaysia but also in neighbours in Brunei, Indonesia and some parts of Thailand.
It has 53 news bureaus and 6 printing plants throughout the country and is owned by Sin Chew Media Corporation Berhad.
Background and prominent events
The newspaper was founded by Aw Boon Par and Aw Boon Haw the founders of Tiger Balm and Haw Par Village in Singapore. It was headquartered in Singapore then. Even after 1965 when Singapore seceded from Malaysia. the original office still operated there.
The Petaling Jaya printing plant was only opened in the 1970s to cater for the Malaysian public and moving from there slowly broke away to become an independent entity as it is today. In 1982, the Aw family sold the company to Lim Kheng Kim. This will then see the company merging with another media giant in Malaysia, the Ming Pao Enterprise and Nanyang Press holdings.
Then, Sin Chew became another MCA linked newspaper which means it has political affiliation with the ruling government of Malaysia. As it stands, many mainstream media has been linked with being political mouthpieces for the ruling party but Sin Chew has been known to remain quite apolitical with its reporting, making it one of the most popular Chinese dailies in the country.