The ''New Straits Times'' is an English-language newspaper published in Malaysia. It is Malaysia's oldest newspaper still in print (though not the first〔Malaysia's first newspaper, the long-defunct ''The Prince of Wales Island Gazette'', made its début in Penang in 1805. http://penangstory.net.my/docs/Abs-GeoffWade.doc〕), having been founded as ''The Straits Times'' in 1845, and was reestablished as the "''New Straits Times''" in 1974. The paper served as Malaysia's only broadsheet format English language newspaper. However, following the example of British newspapers ''The Times'' and ''The Independent'', a tabloid version first rolled off the presses on 1 September 2004 and since 18 April 2005, the newspaper is published only in tabloid size, ending a 160-year-old tradition of broadsheet publication. The ''New Straits Times'' currently retails at RM1.20 (~36 USD cents).
The ''New Straits Times'' is printed by the New Straits Times Press, which also produced the English language afternoon newspaper, ''The Malay Mail'', until 1 January 2008, as well as assorted Malay language newspapers, most notably the ''Berita Harian''. The ''New Straits Times'' is part of Media Prima group of companies.
As of 1 January 2009, the Group Editor of the ''New Straits Times'' is Syed Nadzri Syed Harun, while Kamrul Idris Zulkifli is Deputy Group Editor. Executive Editors, as of 1 January 2009, Lee Ah Chai (News) and Chandra Segaran (Production) and Lim Thow Boon.
On 11 November 2011, 3D publication was introduced to the paper's print and online editions. The newspaper also made history on 21 February 2012 when it became the first talking newspaper, promoting Dutch Lady's Friso product, followed by AXIATA's page number domination in 2013 and in January 2014 it promoted Wonda Coffee "through five senses" on five consecutive days.
== Origins ==
The paper was originally founded as ''The Straits Times'' and covered all of what was then British Malaya, and Singapore, where it was based. This continued when Singapore became part of Malaysia in 1963, but upon its departure from the Federation in 1965, a separate paper published and based in Malaysia the ''The Straits Times Malaysia'', was established, whilst ''The Straits Times'' has continued publication in Singapore.
In 1972 the paper's then-owner, The Straits Times Press (Malaysia) Berhad formed the New Straits Times Press (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd. in a desire to meet the aspirations of Malaysians to have a majority shareholding in the company which produced their largest mass-circulation organ in the English language. An agreement was reached on 17 September 1972 between the directors of the Straits Times group and Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah for the disposal of 80 per cent of the stock of the New Straits Times Press (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd for the Malaysian interests.〔The Straits Times, 17 September 1972 page 1, National Library, Singapore〕
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