Malaysia Nanban

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.

Malaysia Nanban
TypeDaily newspaper
Founder(s)Dato Sikandar Batcha Abdul Majeed
PublisherPenerbitan Sahabat (M) Sdn. Bhd.
PresidentDatin Zainam Rokiah Binti Abdullah
General manager
  • Ahmad Mydin Bin Sikandar Batcha
  • Datuk Shafee Zaman bin Sikandar batcha
  • Khatira Binti Sikandar batcha
  • Jenat Amal Binti Sikandar Batcha
Founded1 October 1986 (1986-10-01)
Headquarters544-3 Batu Complex, Jalan Murai Off Jalan Ipoh 51200, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
CirculationWeekdays 65,000 and Weekend 115,000

The daily circulation in 2012 was about 65,0000 copies and Sunday is about 115 Copy, The circulation peaked in 2000 with 65,000 copies sold. 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 2 sons Ahmad Mydin Bin Dato' Sikandar Batcha and Shafee Zaman Bin Dato' Sikandar Batcha. Unlike other Tamil newspapers in Malaysia, the newspaper is running without support or interference from any political parties.

Malaysia Nanban is one of the few largest media company in Malaysia. It is headed by Datin Zainam Rokiah Bin Abdullah.


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