New Sabah Times

The New Sabah Times is a newspaper in Sabah, Malaysia. It was first known as the Sabah Times when it was founded in 1949 by Donald Stephens. He later became Sabah's first Chief Minister when Sabah gained independence from the United Kingdom. He was also awarded the title Tun as a reward for his service.

New Sabah Times
Front page, 26 April 2009
TypeDaily newspaper
Owner(s)Inna Kinabalu Sdn. Bhd.
EditorJerry Kamijan
Political alignmentPro-opposition
LanguageMalay, English
HeadquartersJalan Pusat Pembangunan Masyarakat/Lorong Selungsung D,
Off Jalan Mat Salleh,Sembulan,
88100 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.
Circulation19,210*Source: Audit Bureau of Circulations, Malaysia – July 2013– Dec 2013

In 1954, the Sabah Times combined with the North Borneo News and became the North Borneo News & Sabah Times. The paper changed its name again in 1969 to Kinabalu Sabah Times but reverted in 1979 to its original. Publication of the Sabah Times ended on 24 March 1995.

On 8 March 1998, the newspaper was resurrected as the New Sabah Times by Inna Kinabalu Sdn Bhd.


Tun Mohd Fuad Stephens founded Sabah Times in 1949 when he was still known as Mr. Donald Stephens. Initially, he joined the North Borneo News as a reporter. Stephens saw a need for a good newspaper, which subsequently led to the birth of Sabah Times. He moulded Sabah Times into a greater newspaper and eventually, he became the first Chief Minister when Sabah gained its independence from British. He was awarded the title of "Tun" in recognition for his service. Headed by Tun Mohd Fuad Stephens and managed by a team of professional and journalists, Sabah Times soon attracted a loyal following which carries on until today. However, the publication of Sabah Times came to an end on 24 March 1995.

Sabah Times was given a new lease of life again on 8 March 1998. When it was bought over by the publishing company Inna Kinabalu Sdn. Bhd. To signify a change from the old management and format, the newspaper was accordingly given a new name, New Sabah Times, incorporating the old identity and image with the new.

Although the paper resurfaced into the Sabahan world of journalism when the economic turmoil began, They managed to stay afloat with support from the dedicated readers and struggled through the economic undercurrent eventually becoming a fierce competitor to other established newspapers in Sabah.

The newspaper is distributed by subscription but is also circulated to hotels for free distribution to guests to promote Sabah.

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