Malaysia Nanban

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Malaysia Nanban
Type Daily newspaper
Format Broadsheet
Owner(s) Datin Zainam Rokiah
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 Weekdays 150,000 and Weekend 250,000

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 previously been published in the 1970s and 1980s.

The daily circulation in 2012 was about 55,000 copies. The circulation peaked in 2000 with 174,000 copies sold. Despite the relatively low circulation, a Nielsen report found it the highest selling daily Tamil newspaper in Malaysia and also outside India and Sri Lanka.

Currently Malaysia Nanban is the number one Tamil newspaper in Malaysia for almost 33 years at the leadership of Dato' Sikandar Batcha Bin Abdul Majeed.


The Malaysia Nanban was founded by Dato' Sikandar Batcha Bin Abdul Majeed in 1986 and the first issue was published on 1 October that year. After the demise of Dato' Sikandar Batcha Bin Abdul Majeed on 11 December 2006, The Malaysia Nanban is headed by his 3 sons Ahmad Mydin Bin Dato' Sikandar Batcha, Nooruthen Bin Dato' Sikandar Batcha and Datuk Shafee Zaman Bin Dato' Sikandar Batcha. Unlike other Tamil newspapers in Malaysia, the newspaper is running without support or interference from any political parties.