Malaysia Nanban

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Malaysia Nanban
Type Daily newspaper
Format Broadsheet
Founder(s) Dato Sikandar Batcha Abdul Majeed
Publisher Penerbitan Sahabat (M) Sdn. Bhd.
Founded 1 October 1986 (1986-10-01)
Language Tamil
Headquarters Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Circulation 55,000 copies

The Malaysia Nanban (Tamil: மலேசியா நண்பன், "Malaysia's Friend") is a Tamil daily newspaper based in Malaysia, one of only three Tamil-language dailies in the country, alongside the Makkal Osai and the Tamil Nesan, although in 2014, three more Tamil newspapers had begun publishing in the country, Thina Kural, Nam Naadu and the newly revived Tamil Malar which had been ever published in the 1970s and 1980s.

The circulation as of 2012 is about 55,000 copies. The circulation peaked in 2000 with 174,000 copies sold. Despite the relatively low circulation, it remains the highest selling daily Tamil newspaper in Malaysia and also outside of India and Sri Lanka.


The Malaysia Nanban was originally founded by Dato Sikandar Batcha Bin Abdul Majeed in 1986 and the first issue was publish on 1 October that year. A Nielsen report revealed that Malaysia Nanban was the largest selling Tamil-language newspaper with 55,000 copies sold, which was said to be the highest-selling Tamil language newspaper outside of India and Sri Lanka. After the demise of Dato Sikandar Batcha on 11 December 2006, The Nanban is headed by his three sons Datuk Shafee Zaman, Mr Ahmad Mydin and Mr Nooruthen. Unlike other Tamil newspapers in Malaysia, the newspaper is running without support or interference from any political parties.