MALAYSIA - For a small community of 1.7 million people, Malaysian Indians have six Tamil dailies, a dozen Tamil weeklies and several dedicated Tamil television channels from South India via Astro and not to mention local radio stations like THR Raaga.
It seems they are spoilt for choice.
"We have so many dailies to choose from," said lawyer P. Periasamy who reads Thina Kural, a Tamil daily that came into the picture about a year ago to take advantage of the interest shown by the Indian community in the run-up to the May 5 elections.
"But essentially they all cover the same news but with slight variations to give emphasis to the man who is funding them," he said.
An editor of a Tamil daily agreed.
"We have a fixed format - daily political news, crime news followed by news from Tamil Nadu and court stories with a Tamil angle," he said.
"But crime news is the basic staple now which we cannot do without."