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March 2015 COVER STORY

Local elections as the foundation of democracy Part I: The Athi Nahappan Report revisited

As we mark the half century since the end of local government elections in Malaysia, we look back at events that led to its demise – most importantly, the Athi Nahappan Report.

Also in this issue

FOOTPRINTS

The letter in English: Ipoh’s place on the Sun Yat-Sen trail

A secret letter helps Chan Sue Meng piece together her family history and, along the way, discover Ipoh's role in the founding of modern China.

FEATURE

The costs of inequality: Not just a case of “poor envy”

Most would agree that the income gap is worsening in Malaysia and begs addressing. It is time we gauge how this hurts the country in concrete terms.

UTTER ECONOMICS

The crude dynamics of the price of petrol

As oil prices continue to drop, we examine the consequences.

HEALTH

Sustaining the dignity of the dying

There are many who are still unaware of the benefits of palliative care. For one, it can enable cancer patients to have the quality care and support that they need.

PROFILE

Resisting the closing of the Malaysian mind

Prof Latif Kamaluddin, poet and intellectual, has quite a few things to say about the state of Malaysian literature and its authenticity.

UTTER ECONOMICS

Managing longevity risk: Do not go gentle into that good night

Longevity risk has consistently been underestimated, leading to potentially serious economic implications.

FEATURE

Malaysian skinheads against racism

We’ve been misunderstanding this crowd for far too long.

PENANG PALETTE

Malaysian artists join one of Singapore’s many shows

The dazzling Art Stage Singapore wrapped up in January, with Malaysia featuring a strong – and slightly controversial – presence during the festival.

FEATURE

Is Malaysia becoming a welfare state?

Government officials insist that Malaysia is not a welfare state, but taking a look at its policies, one might think otherwise.

UTTER ECONOMICS

The financial state of Malaysian states

We examine the finances of Malaysia's states, from richest to poorest and everything in between.

PHOTO ESSAY

Chowrasta,after the market closes

What does a busy market in the heart of George Town look like after the hustle and bustle have died down? Photographer Azri Zainul discovers.

FEATURE

Capitalising on innovation

Economic growth through innovation is one thing. Growth sustainability is something else.

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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.

PENANG PALETTE
Jun 2017

Wandering Souls in a Forbidden Land

A tribute to the late Malaysian artist Zulkifli Mohd Dahalan.

WINDOW INTO HISTORY
Jun 2017

Why Penang YWCA is Such a Landmark

The organisation has been empowering women for over a century.