Penang: Malaysia’s stepchild or prodigal child?

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The grandiose plans of the 11th Malaysia Plan, in a bizarre and unfair manner, excludes Penang.

When tabling the 11th Malaysia Plan (11MP) in Parliament on May 21, the Prime Minister waxed lyrical about the government’s intention of “anchoring growth on people” in this upcoming five-year development plan that is set to bring Malaysia towards the “aspiration of an advanced nation that is inclusive and sustainable by 2020.”

As usual, the Prime Minister is never short on verbosity. The 11MP document is replete with impressive jargons that tick all the right checkboxes. However, the devil is always in the details, and the details in this case belie the grand promises of the Prime Minister.


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