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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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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.

WINDOW INTO HISTORY
Jun 2017

Why Penang YWCA is Such a Landmark

The organisation has been empowering women for over a century.

PENANG PALETTE
Jun 2017

Wandering Souls in a Forbidden Land

A tribute to the late Malaysian artist Zulkifli Mohd Dahalan.