Malaysiakini is an online based news portal in Malaysia. It actually means ‘Malaysia Now’ in Bahasa Malaysia. Malaysiakini began operations in 1999 and has since become one of the most popular news media in the country.
Large following of readers
Among all the news agencies and owners in Malaysia, Malaysiakin is perhaps one of the most read and followed ones in the country. This is mostly due to its nature of being independent and apolitical.
Not pro-government like other media
Not being pro-government makes a huge difference in the popularity of Malaysiakini. This is because many mainstream media like Utusan Malaysia, The Star, New Straits Times and Berita Harian are owned by a political component of the ruling party, Barisan Nasional.
As such, this makes Malaysiakini the engine for check and balance when it comes to news reporting. In fact, it has often been viewed to be pro-opposition to a certain extent, something that Malaysiakini has long denied.
Most visited online site
As an online portal, Malaysiakini is one of the top websites in Malaysia surpassing many other popular sites due to its nature of reporting which is sometimes deemed to be controversial. The online site is published in English, Malay, Chinese and Tamil and is basically a subscription based news agency.
This means that readers would need to pay a monthly or periodical subscription in order to read the full news reported here. Due to its nature of being an online company, it is not tightly scrutinized by the regulations of media reporting where it rides on the no censorship of internet in the Bill of Guarantees of the MSC Malaysia.
The daily updated news covers most issues in the country with focuses on political issues and such. There are columns, blogs, exclusive interviews with prominent individuals which touches on the daily issues that are affecting the lives of Malaysians where it rallies for free of speech and justice for the people. The main focus of Malaysiakini meanwhile is in its political news segment where they usually offer the word from the streets viewpoints.
This has however, caused a lot of problems for Malaysiakini which has already been investigated by the authorities, has their office raided and even sued by political leaders.