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May 2015 COVER STORY

Crisis ahead for private higher education – and solutions

With unemployable graduates and a financial status that runs in the red, can private schools survive in Malaysia?

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FEATURE

City status is a matter of status – and expectations

Penang's city status entails great responsibility.

HEALTH

A mother's journey with autism

Taking care of a child with autism can be an uphill task, but Alina Gooi takes things in her stride.

PHOTO ESSAY

The trishaw maker of George Town

Meet Saw Chin Choon, traditional trishaw maker extraordinaire.

FEATURE

Federalism arrested

The consequences of an overly centralised state are alarming.

UTTER ECONOMICS

Rising global inequality signals coming catastrophe

Say goodbye to social, political and financial stability, and economic growth.

FEATURE

Penang able to handle the heat

What are Penang's successful private education institutions doing right?

STATISTICS

Labour force and wage comparisons by numbers

In conjunction witch Labour Day, we provide the statistics on Malaysia's workforce.

PENANG PROFILE

Letting colonial literature reveal its wealth – and ambivalence

Dr Mohamad Rashidi Mohd Pakri's preoccupation with colonial literature is inspirational.

PEAKS AND PARKS

A hill climb for beginners... and others

Take a hike up Penang Hill and discover beautiful and dramatic views of the island.

VOICE IN THE CROWD

Let’s become pedestrians again

Want to beat the jam? Simple. Walk!

FEATURE

Probing root problems with music, the Kareem Salama way

Country music came naturally to Egyptian-American Kareem Salama.

FOOTPRINTS

Gerakbudaya – A book-based cultural movement

Bookshop and publisher Gerakbudaya is transforming Malaysia's cultural scene.

FEATURE

The punk artists of Mount Kinabalu

Using woodcut techniques, Malaysia's Bornean artists spread their message beyond the island.

PENANG PALETTE

So much of Ismail Hashim to unpack or repack

A tribute? A retrospective? Or an archival reconnaissance lab test? The Unpack/ Repack exhibition on the late Ismail Hashim definitely pushes the envelope.

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FEATURE
Oct 2017

The Waterman of Penang

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

FEATURE
Oct 2017

Malaysia: Absolutely a Secular State

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

FEATURE
Oct 2017

Between Fact and Fiction

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

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.

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.