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January 2015 COVER STORY

A city’s statu s and its civil society

The doggedness of Penang NGOs, from classic Chinese kongsi and Indian leagues to contemporary consumers' associations and heritage trusts, in devoting themselves to their individual causes, gives rise to a robust civil society that sets the city apart.

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EDITORIAL

Penang is blessed - If you want it

Penang is blessed – If you want it

FEATURE

All that glitters in George Town

The Hars have been making traditional votive paper flowers in George Town for over 70 years. Soon-Tzu Speechley documents their story, and that of the city's doubled-edged gentrification.

WINDOW INTO HISTORY

George Town – From city to municipality to culture centre

George Town was Malaya's first city – and its only city until 1972. We examine the significance of this status, and its impact on recent times.

PENANG ECONOMIC OUTLOOK

Manufacturing in Penang: onwards and upwards

A slew of investments has Penang's manufacturing sector looking peachy, but strategic investments are required if local companies are to stay ahead.

FEATURE

The bookman who embraced Penang

From urban crime to science fiction, local independent publisher Fixi is bringing sexy back in books.

PENANG PALETTE

Springtime for art biennales

Watch out: huge festivals are taking place all over the globe.

PROFILE

The Art of Sonny Liew

From drawing for fun to drawing for Marvel, Malaysian Sonny Liew has carved a colourful career in the world of comics.

Perspectives

The more individual stories we acknowledge, the more authentic our national history

There is a disease in Malaysia called "Politicititis", where memory loss is the main symptom; what we remember or forget are dictated by the politically powerful. The cure? Freedom of speech.

FEATURE

An art exchange on Penang’s walls and streets

Penang's art galleries are spilling out onto its streets as its first international street art festival, Urban Xchange, defies tradition.

FEATURE

Making Malaysia’s literary capital work

What's it like organising literary festivals? Fresh off George Town Literary Festival, we ask its curator Umapagan Ampikaipakan.

FEATURE

The bookman who embraced Penang

Marco Ferrarese interviews the passionate figure behind independent bookshop Gerakbudaya, Gareth Richards.

PENANG ECONOMIC OUTLOOK

Penang Economic Outlook 2015

What awaits Penang in the Year of the Ram?

STATISTICS

Penang transportation by the numbers

We examine the transport situation in Penang and provide the statistics on the trends and modes of transportation availablein the state.

PHOTO ESSAY

Compiling George Town’s cultural heritage

From perfumers to rattan weavers and garland makers, George Town World Heritage Incorporated (GTWHI) lovingly archives Penang's rich and distinct living heritage.

PENANG ECONOMIC OUTLOOK

The housing market in Penang today

As prices skyrocket and GST looms, what is the state of the housing market in Penang?

FOOTPRINTS

Getting to know Malaysia, one trip at a time

Chok Yen Hau has come a long way to become one of the biggest champions of Malaysia travel.

PENANG ECONOMIC OUTLOOK

Will the falling oil price mean austerity for Malaysia?

We examine the price of overly relying on oil revenue, and its worrying consequences.

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Between Fact and Fiction

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

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Rocking our Kopitiams

Penang's good ol' kopitiams take centre stage.

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The Waterman of Penang

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

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Malaysia: Absolutely a Secular State

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

A DAY IN THE LIFE
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The Saree Merchant

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