Harian Metro, the only newspaper in the fledgling NSTP group that is performing, will have a serious contender for the East Coast tabloid crown when Kumpulan Karangkraf launches Sinar Harian on July 31.
At 50 sen a copy, this new daily, which is being touted as the first Malay regional paper in the country, could take the sinar, or shine, off the competition, including Harian Metro, which leads other dailies in the Malay-dominated states of Kelantan, Terengganu and Pahang.
Harian Metro (cover price RM1) is also the best selling Malay daily in the country with average daily sales of 241,860 copies between July and Dec last year. It saw phenomenal growth under the editorship of Zian Johari, who left under the NSTP's voluntary separation scheme in March.
Karangkraf is as serious as they come. It is listed in the Malaysia Book of Records for having the most number of magazine titles. For Sinar Harian, which will have 48 pages and a staff of about 80, the group has set up a printing plant near Pengkalan Chepa, its East Coast headquarters.