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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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PENANG PALETTE
Jun 2017

Wandering Souls in a Forbidden Land

A tribute to the late Malaysian artist Zulkifli Mohd Dahalan.

WINDOW INTO HISTORY
Jun 2017

Why Penang YWCA is Such a Landmark

The organisation has been empowering women for over a century.

FEATURE
Jun 2017

Meet the Mee Goreng Family!

Three generations of Malaysian fusion cooks.

WINDOW INTO HISTORY
Jun 2017

The Botanic Gardens: A Tale of Gloom and Bloom

At over a century old, Penang's Botanic Gardens have an illustrious past.