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November 2015 COVER STORY

The ringgit and sen of festivals

They draw crowds and provide a platform for local talents, but just how economically beneficial are festivals?

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FEATURE

Can Budget 2016 strengthen Malaysia against external economic headwinds?

Malaysia is vulnerable to falling commodity prices and the possibility of the US increasing its interest rates.

PROFILE

Taking Penang Chinese cuisine abroad

Chef Andy Leong has done his part in spreading Penang Chinese cuisine all around the world.

FEATURE

A city of cafes

With cafes mushrooming in George Town, we take a look at three unique joints.

FEATURE

The path not taken

Find out what happens to three of Penang's former stars after the final curtain falls.

FOOTPRINTS

No fetish for heritage here, and yet…

In Ba Kelalan, there isn’t much visible heritage left, but it still gives a glimpse into the old way of life where faith and beliefs hold the community together.

PHOTO ESSAY

PARK(ing) Day: A recap

Penangites reclaimed parking spaces, turning them into temporary parks and attractive green patches.

PEAKS AND PARKS

A trail charming and delightful

The Bukit Mertajam trail is challenging, but its payoff is breathtaking.

FEATURE

Space for Penang’s local artists

Two establishments in George Town provide local artists with a platform to showcase their crafts.

FEATURE

Making words perform art

What do a punk rocker, puppeteer, bangsawan specialist and jazzhead have in common? They write.

PROFILE

Marina Mahathir: Malaysia is my colour movie

Editor Ooi Kee Beng chats with Marina Mahathir about what it means to be Malaysian today.

FEATURE

In Malaysia, every year is a year of festivals

With a myriad of festivals happening in Malaysia annually, one man decides to catalogue them.

PENANG PALETTE

Worshipping women: Confident, conscious and complex

A tribute to the late Yuen Chee Ling, who celebrated women through her art.

FEATURE

Festivals of significance: A writer’s view of literary festivals

Tan Twan Eng writes about his experience participating in literary festivals – and their importance.

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From Persia to Penang: Boria Bops On

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FEATURE
Sep 2017

Of Heroes Unsung, and Mortals Undead

This year's George Town Literary Festival is yet another feast for the soul.

WINDOW INTO HISTORY
Sep 2017

Women Against the Flow

Removing those rose-tinted colonial glasses reveals a harsh era for women.