KUCHING: The special e-paper package offered byThe Star and Sin Chew Daily has spread to Sarawak and Sabah.
Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem, when launching the product, praised the organisations for keeping up with the times.
“Nowadays because of technology, you have to go digital. I commend the newspapers’ goal to inform, inspire and innovate,” Adenan said yesterday.
He added it was crucial for media organisations to go digital because the advent of smartphones and tablets enabled people to have “the world in their hands”.
An annual subscription for digital copies of both newspapers is RM80.
The Star’s e-paper has over 100,000 subscribers while The Star-Sin Chew e-paper package introduced last year has more than 2,000 customers.
At the launch yesterday, it was announced that Cahya Mata Sarawak and Nirvana Asia would sponsor 4,000 subscriptions, which will go to students of Swinburne University of Technology, Sarawak Campus, and Universiti Malaysia Sarawak.
Star Media Group chairman Datuk Fu Ah Kiow said the company, which is celebrating its 45th anniversary this year, has transformed from print to a multi-channel media group.
“We have held up well through challenging times and achieved many milestones.
“Who we are today is not the same as who we were before,” Fu said.
Star Media Group was the first Malaysian media company to hit the six figure e-paper subscriber mark, he said, adding that the group was also the first to introduce an app with news and video content.
More recently, thestartv.com was launched with news, features and original content including the Evening Edition, Biznews and Asean Now.
“This will be our stepping stone into the Asean market.”
The Star, Sin Chew and the Chief Minister would promote unity and racial harmony, Fu added.
“We are inspired by the Chief Minister’s policies and values, which resonate deeply with our group. Our own moderation campaign highlights the need for open, rational and moderate voices to be heard.”
Sin Chew Media Corporation’s group executive chairman Tan Sri Tiong Hiew King thanked the Chief Minister for bringing about the “dawn of broader recognition for the Unified Examinations Certificate”.
“Malaysia is a unique country with a huge number of bilingual people.
“Sadly, such uniqueness is gradually fading away and the ability to master both English and Chinese has deteriorated. This is apparent among people below 30, commonly known as the ‘digital native’,” said Tiong.