The Malaysian Insider
|Founded||25 February 2008|
|Headquarters||Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia|
The Malaysian Insider (also known as TMI, The Insider, or Malay Ins Ins) is a bilingual news site popular in Malaysia. It has been consistently ranked as one of the 100 most popular websites in the country with a strong following in Singapore. Alexa ranked The Insider as the 57th most popular website in Malaysia in June 2009. Compete.com estimated that almost 19,000 unique visitors visited the website in April 2009.
The Malaysian Insider was established by the Png Hong Kwang and Sreedhar Subramaniam. Png is a journalist while Subramaniam is the former chief operating officer of the free-to-air Malaysian television channel ntv7.
TMI was started in December 2007 by a group of businessmen and journalists close to then Prime Minister Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi as a counterbalance against MalaysiaKini, which was deemed to be unfriendly to the Barisan Nasional (BN).
But after Abdullah stepped down in 2009, the group stopped the financing and the TMI top management, after talking to several people, eventually got funding with help from a 30-something Penang-born businessman with close ties to the current BN leadership.
The Insider aims to report "unvarnished take on events and personalities in Malaysia".
The editorial generally maintains a critical stance against both Barisan Nasional and Pakatan Rakyat, although it has lately leaned more towards Pakatan Rakyat. During the 2009 Perak constitutional crisis in which Barisan Nasional managed to topple the Pakatan Rakyat state government, frequent hard-hitting editorial pieces calling for the dissolution of the state assembly were published.
While the news site runs multiple sections from business to entertainment, political news and commentaries dominate attention.
The organisation houses a group of reporters who produce the bulk of its leading domestic new news content. To complement the in-house reporters, The Insider reproduces syndicated material from other established mainstream news organisations like Bernama, Reuters and Associated Press.
Columnists and contributors
The Insider maintains a large roster of columnists from diverse background. Nevertheless, the majority of the columnists do not share the same political positions as Barisan Nasional. Several of the more notable columnists are the member of the Selangor state assemblyman and political secretary to the Selangor Menteri Besar Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad, DAP Member of Parliament Liew Chin Tong, PAS MP Khalid Abdul Samad, UMNO MP Nur Jazlan Mohamed and a former Special Officer to Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, Ziad Razak.
In 2009, The Insider published two books. Both compiled selected writings of its columnists.
Accusations of bias
UMNO accused The Insider of biased reporting. The party barred The Insider as well as several online news organisations from covering its general assembly held in Kuala Lumpur in 2009.
- Alexa. Accessed 24 June 2009.
- Compete.com. Accessed 24 June 2009.
- "About Us". The Malaysian Insider. Retrieved 28 March 2011.
- "Opinion". The Malaysian Insider. Retrieved 24 June 2009.
- "Breaking Views". The Malaysian Insider. Retrieved 24 June 2009.
- Deborah Loh. "Internet media barred from Umno (Updated 6.40pm)". The Nutgraph. Retrieved 24 June 2009.