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December 2016 COVER STORY

Why Change Has Not Been Possible

Malaysian politics is stuck in quicksand, and if we don’t construct an entirely new model soon to replace it, the future will be dire.

Also in this issue

FEATURE

Air Itam: So Busy. So Beguiling.

The enchanting – and ever expanding – township has apace and charm of its own.

UTTER ECONOMICS

A Budget with Dubious Benefits

Looking past the handouts, we see a bleak reality.

PEAKS AND PARKS

A Wrong Turn to Adventure!

An unintended turn during a hike at Air Itam becomes a fascinating experience.

FOOTPRINTS

Adapting Art to Tell Stories of Sabah

Artistic minds create surprising ways of moulding traditional elements with trendy streetwear.

PHOTO ESSAY

Air Itam in My Heart

We take a stroll through this pulsating town with one of its sons.

FEATURE

Air Itam Takes its Famous Street Food Seriously

Generations of practitioners have perfected the delicate (yes, delicate) art of street food.

WINDOW INTO HISTORY

Chung Ling: Tolling to Inspire the Young

The need for education among the local Chinese inspired the founding of this renowned school.

FEATURE

Healing and Housing Needy Children

A home, as well as hope, for abandoned and abused children in Penang.

FEATURE

Kampung Melayu – Preserving Tradition amid Change

The historic village straddles the modern and the archaic.

FEATURE

Making People Talk Business is Penang’s Business

There's another facet of tourism that is rapidly on the rise: business events.

PENANG PALETTE

Still Promoting Art After All These Years

Art Expo Malaysia 2016 might be leaner, but it did not disappoint.

ODDLY ENOUGH

The Budget Speech Is NOT the Budget (Part One)

When “good news” and “goodies” in Budget 2017 might all just be hot air.

FEATURE

The Word and the World (Part Two)

Post World War II Malaysia – including Penang – bursts with literary work.

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A DAY IN THE LIFE
Oct 2017

The Saree Merchant

Ashok Kumar Poduval has been running Umayal Textiles on Lebuh Penang for over 30 years.

FEATURE
Oct 2017

Between Fact and Fiction

Mei Fong and Zen Cho make reverberating impacts in their respective genres.

FEATURE
Oct 2017

The Waterman of Penang

Kam U-Tee toiled to bring water to all at an affordable price.

FEATURE
Oct 2017

Malaysia: Absolutely a Secular State

According to the Constitution, Malaysia is a secular state. But this notion is lost on many.

COVER STORY
Oct 2017

Pondering Malaysia’s Socio-economic Pessimism

The country has grown, both economically and demographically. At the same time, modern societal issues need addressing.