The Star was first published on Sept 9, 1971, starting off as a regional newspaper with its plant in George Town, Penang.
Its birth created a couple of firsts in the country - it was the first tabloid and the first English language daily to be printed using the web-offset process.
Over the next five years, the newspaper's circulation grew rapidly and by early 1976, it became Penang's premier newspaper, outselling the then 139-year-old New Straits Times.
During the same period, too, Malaysia's first prime minister Tunku Abdul Rahman, who had retired a few years earlier, joined the board of Star Publications (Malaysia) Bhd (the publisher of The Star and its sister paper, Sunday Star) and became its chairman.
The Star went national on Jan 3, 1976, when it set up an office in Kuala Lumpur. Two years later, it relocated its headquarters from Penang to Kuala Lumpur.
To accommodate a growing staff and a new press incorporating the latest technology, it moved its headquarters from Kuala Lumpur to Petaling Jaya in 1981. By then, the Company had also expanded its publishing operations to include magazines – Kuntum (Bahasa Malaysia monthly educational magazine), Shang Hai (Chinese monthly business magazine), and Galaxie (fortnightly English entertainment magazine). It acquired its fourth magazine, Flavours (bi-monthly English magazine on creative food and lifestyle), in a 1994.
On June 23, 1995, Star Publications created history when it became the first Malaysian newspaper and the third in Asia - to launch a World Wide Web edition, The Star Online.
The Star also achieved a new milestone in its corporate history in 1995 by being listed on the Main Board of the Kuala Lumpur Stock Exchange. In the year 2000, The Star relocated in stages to its very own 17-storey premises, Menara Star in Section 16, Petaling Jaya.
In 2002, the Company moved its printing operations to its new state-of-the-art printing plant in Shah Alam, Star Media Hub. This was followed in 2003 with Star Northern Hub in Bayan Lepas, Penang. The new plants offered increased printing capacity and greater flexibility for newspaper pagination and colour printing.
The Star has undergone many changes in its history but one characteristic remains the same - its reporting style continues to be refreshing, with news and articles that cater to different interests.