Asia Times Goes Deeper in Society’s Pulse With Trilingual Issue

KOTA KINABALU: Today marks a historic new chapter for Asia Times with the publication of its first trilingual news issue.
Founded in 1976, the well established Chinese daily now carries English and Bahasa Malaysia daily news and special reports in a special pullout called Asia Times Pulse.
“This exciting offering is reflective of Sabah’s harmonious multi-racial and multi-ethnic society,” said Asia Times chairman Datuk……in a special message in conjunction with the launch of the daily’s trilingual issue, Monday.
Asia Times’ news and special reports has been the craft of its team of experienced and award-winning journalists as well as those of major news agencies worldwide. It has also been in constant cooperation with news networks in different regions.
Beginning today, Asia Times will be cooperating with Malaysia’s first national free daily newspaper, The Sun, the country’s national news agency, Bernama and China News Agency for its trilingual editions in Chinese, English and Bahasa Malaysia.
Entering its 46th anniversary this year, Asia Times has come a long way in reaching out to the wide networks of Chinese readers.
However, he noted that times have changed and will continue to change in the way society consumes news information.
Thus, Asia Times is well aware of the need to be constantly evolving to meet the needs of current times, he said.
One of those needs is of great importance to the people: education. In Sabah, and in Malaysia in general, the unique trilingual education system in the Chinese national-type schools and the Chinese Independent Secondary Schools have produced many young talents who have proven themselves to be able to adapt exceptionally well to the development and needs of the new era. Asia Times and Asia Times Pulse offer a fresh new experience in trilingual readership to this talent-packed generation and effectively contribute to the building of a more progressive society.
At the core, Asia Times continues to uphold the highest journalism standards and ethics. It takes pride in being the voice of the masses and provides a fair and accurate coverage of the people’s hopes and expectations as well as things that they count as blessings in life.
“One of the biggest hopes of the people is peace and stability in Sabah and in the country, especially at this point of time when the political situation has been turbulent for over the past three years.
“The King has voiced out what has been the plea and hopes of the people of Malaysia when he called for political stability. He could not have stressed enough the importance of this as the nation must be united in the fight against the threat of a deadly virus and heal the ill economy. As a media mouthpiece of the population, Asia Times will continue to play its role getting the right messages across for the greater good of the society,” he said.
He noted that there have been signs of positive development in the political front particularly with the Sabah State Government’s open door policy that gives allocations to both government and opposition assemblymen. The same is true with grants to education institutions and charities representing different ethnic communities, he added.
He also noted that the government welcomes and accepts constructive proposals from all quarters so as to ensure that the people are on the same page on matters concerning development, be it social or infrastructural.
He assured that Asia Times will maintain and guard its independence in news reporting, which begins in three languages as of today, so as to continue to play its role in nation building, starting from its home base, Sabah.


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