Launched on November 20th, 1999, Malaysiakini.com offers daily news and views in English, Malay, Chinese and Tamil, delivering over 37 million page views and 750,000 video downloads per month to over 1.6 million absolute unique visitors (Google Analytics, August 2008).
As of July 2008, Malaysiakini became the most read news website and the most popular Malaysian website (Alexa.com)
Malaysiakini’s editorial position is built on fast, accurate and independent news, and well informed and diverse views.
Malaysiakini’s Letters section has generated active participation from readers of all races and religions and of various ideological backgrounds, creating an open and well-informed arena of public debate unseen in Malaysia since the 1960s. Discussion on taboo subjects such as migrant workers, AIDS, Islam and racial quota systems has generated a new understanding on these issues.
Our editorial position is consistently supportive of justice, human rights, democracy, freedom of speech and good governance.
Malaysiakini is unique in the Malaysian context as it is one of the few independent media organisations in Malaysia. It is not linked to any political party or commercial interest. It is owned by founders Steven Gan and Premesh Chandran, investors Media Development Loan Fund and the Malaysiakini current and former staff.
Malaysiakini is also not subject to government licensing, as is broadcast and print media.
Malaysiakini is a subscription based website, where users pay RM 150 per year (US$40) to access the daily content, and RM450 per year (US$120) for access to the nine years of archived content.
Malaysiakini has been recognised through various awards and accolades including from the International Press Institute, Reporters Sans Frontiers, Committee to Protect Journalists, Asiaweek and Businessweek. Malaysiakini is also the only media organisation in Southeast Asia nominated to the prestigious World Economic Forum’s International Media Council.
Top news website Malaysiakini was recognised as one of the country’s favourite brand at the inaugural Putra Brand Awards 2010.
Malaysiakini was picked as one of Malaysia’s top six media brands, alongside TV stations Astro, TV3, 8TV, newspaper The Star and global search engine Google.
According to award host the Association of Accredited Advertising Agents Malaysia (4As), the Putra Brand Awards is unique as Malaysian consumers themselves are the judges.
A consumer research polling system involving 6,000 people helped select Malaysia’s most preffered brands across a spectrum of 18 categories with the top three brands in each category being honoured with a gold, silver and bronze ranking.
This is the largest consumer reseach ssampling of its kind nationwide coversing both East and West Malaysia.
“Malaysiakini celebrated its 10th anniversary recently. There couldn’t be a better birthday present for us than to walk away with this prestigious award,” said Gan.
“Indeed, never in our wildest imagination did it occur to us that Malaysiakini will one day be considered one of the country’s most popular brands.”
Gan said the award was made possible by the many years of hard work and dedication from Malaysiakini’s team members as well as the loyal support from the website’s thousands of daily readers and subscribers.