Bangsar, 7 August, 2020: Malaysia’s premier content company, The New Straits Times Press (M) Berhad (NSTP), today celebrates the 175th year in publication for its English newspaper title New Straits Times (NST) by organising an exclusive photo exhibition, chronicling its involvement in the country’s nation building process since 1845.
Themed “Traversing 175”, the photo exhibition, which is now being held at Galeri Prima until 10 August, highlights Malaysia’s achievements since early 19th century, featuring a collection of over 400 rare and nostalgic images as well as front cover editions of its newspaper titles on key dates throughout the country’s history.
Launched today by the Prime Minister of Malaysia, YAB Tan Sri Dato’ Haji Muhyiddin Haji Mohd Yassin, the Traversing 175 photo exhibition will take visitors back in history, covering the struggles of past leaders in seeking independence, filling the country’s needs after independence, as well as the accomplishments and progress achieved by the country and its people today.
Covering selected images and news articles and its accompanying stories either in physical copies as well as microfilms and microfiches, Traversing 175 is segregated into four distinct sections, i.e. Culture / Lifestyle, Infrastructure, History & Glories, and People.
The night event also witnessed the launch of KLIK — NSTP’s latest news archiving portal and service offering Malaysia’s oldest and most comprehensive collection of images and news articles owned and published by the company since the first NST edition in 1845. The selected prints, photographs, microfilm, digital and bound volumes on display were curated from NSTP’s huge KLIK archive.
“New Straits Times, better known by the acronym NST, began its first edition on July 15, 1845, when The Straits Times and Singapore Journal of Commerce were published, which later became known simply as The Straits Times. Taking into account its shared history with The Straits Times, it is today recognised as the oldest newspaper still in print, not only in Malaysia, but throughout East Asia,” said Media Prima Group Chairman Datuk (Dr) Syed Hussian Aljunid.
“Since then, this English-language newspaper has gone through various changes, in line with the frenetic pace of development experienced by the country and the world over the past 175 years,” he added.
The Traversing 175 exhibition was held to mark these important events in the nation’s history, as well as to correspond with the timeline of this year’s Merdeka and Malaysia Day celebrations.
“The NST photos and articles collection on display today is testimony that NSTP will always be by the side of every Malaysian in providing the best coverage and reporting news and images that are now part of us, permanently etched in the annals of our nation’s history,” he added.
As the oldest and most comprehensive newspaper archive in the country, with a unique collection of news articles and photographs of NSTP publications stretching back to 1845, KLIK is an unrivalled treasure trove of past and present.
In operation since 2010, KLIK, formerly known as News Image Bank (NiB), had its systems upgraded and its capabilities greatly enhanced with an all-in-one asset management system incorporating the latest functionalities with a more user-friendly interface.
This one-stop knowledge hub has over 50 million archives and it has been accessible to the public at www.klik.com.my since July 2019.
The Traversing 175 exhibition is on display at Galeri Prima in Balai Berita Bangsar until 10 August 2020. Admission is free with the gallery open to the public on weekdays only from 10am to 6pm. For more updates, check out KLIK and Galeri Prima’s Facebook or Instagram at klik.nstp and galeri.prima.