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December 2015 COVER STORY

One Heck of a Hill

Much loved by all who have been up it, Penang Hill faces some careful but exciting upgrading.

Also in this issue

FEATURE

Penang as an entrepreneurial state

Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng talks about shaping a progressive economic policy in Penang that is investment-led, inclusive and sustainable.

FEATURE

Malaysia – Where politics must be ethnically inclusive and exclusive at the same time

Whichever way one looks at it, Malaysia is a multi-ethnic country – and it should be the same for its politics.

FEATURE

Who gains and who loses in Budget 2016?

From cash handouts to tax cuts, we analyse how Budget 2016 affects all tiers of household income.

PHOTO ESSAY

Postcards from the Hill

Dog-eared, faded, but nonetheless nostalgic and beautiful, photography aficionado Ganesh Kolandaveloo shares his collection of postcards from Penang Hill.

FEATURE

To the summit, anyone?

For many, the way up to Penang Hill is via the funicular train.

WINDOW INTO HISTORY

A bungalow on the Hill

Writer Mike Gibby traces the history of the quaint Lomond Bungalow.

FEATURE

The high life: Growing up on the peak

What's it like to have spent a great part of one's life on Penang Hill? Meet two people who have done exactly that.

FEATURE

Days and nights at Claremont

The recollections of Christine Khor during her blithe week on Penang Hill.

FEATURE

Doing heritage diplomacy in Europe

From Oxford to Chantilly, Penang is being positioned as an economic model and an intelligent city.

PROFILE

In defence of the spirit of the Law

It's Azmi Sharom vs the Federal Court when it comes to freedom of speech.

REVIEW

Small acts of courage to make the world a better place

Cheerful, witty and bold – that's what editor Ooi Kee Beng has to say about Azmi Sharom's Brave New World.

PROFILE

Sow dissent, harvest freedom

Showing dissent does not mean wanting to topple the government, according to academician Khoo Ying Hooi.

FEATURE

When art espouses politics…

There's a new form of youth political activism in Malaysia.

FEATURE

The renewal of Butterworth continues

A Star lights up Butterworth, bridging island and mainland in light.

PEAKS AND PARKS

A hike to the top via Moongate

A simple climb through the jungle makes the Hill so much more enjoyable.

FOOTPRINTS

Christmas in the mountains of Sarawak

Prayer and food – lots of it – mark the way the yuletide season is celebrated in Sarawak.

PENANG PALETTE

Calmness caught in epic colours

Syed Thajudeen – artist, philosopher, poet and magician – returns with a grand flourish.

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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.

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.

FEATURE
Oct 2017

Malaysia: Absolutely a Secular State

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