English Newspapers

This collection of historical English newspapers published in various countries of Southeast Asia provides a wide coverage of news on business, economic, politics and social affairs domestically and from around from world. It includes:

  • Malai SinpoMalai Sinpo, which replaced the Malay Mail, was first published in Kuala Lumpur on 1 January 1942 during the Japanese occupation. Malai Sinpo was part of a stable of newspapers in Sumatra and Malaya controlled by Syonan Sinbun-kai (Syonan News Association) established by the Domei News Agency, regionally headquartered in Singapore. The aim of the Japanese imperial authorities was to mobilize the local language newspapers for Japanese military needs and to control the area. They had to rely on local elite and journalists, mostly coerced, for the newspaper operations.

Malai Sinpo


  • Malay Daily Chronicle – The Malay Daily Chronicle, touted as the first ‘morning daily’ in the Federated Malay States, was founded by Dr R. M. (Richard Michael) Connolly. It lasted from 1912-1914 and was published from 23 Leech Street in Ipoh, Perak. Educated at Trinity College, Dublin, Connolly came to British Malaya in early 1900 to join the government medical service. In 1905, Connolly resigned as District Surgeon of Taiping and Ipoh to take temporary charge of the Times of Malaya with J. A. S. Jennings from Singapore, a position he relinquished in 1906. Connolly ran his own private practice known as the Medical Hall at Phin Kee Chan. Today, the building is known as the Arlene House in Ipoh.

    Malay Daily Chronicle
    In addition to the article content, the full-image newspapers offer searchable access to editorials, advertisements, and even cartoons. The newspaper collection can be found online at Digital Gems.

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