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February 2015 COVER STORY

The Unity Fetish

Instead of celebrating diversity and allowing for societal hybridisation to flow freely, Malaysia is unhealthily obsessed with the notion of unity.

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PROFILE

Here, there and everywhere with Thomas Powell

Is there really such a thing as a "starving artist"? Penang-based English artist Thomas Powell doesn't believe so. It just takes a lot of determination, and ideas, of course.

FEATURE

Making movies of the people, by the people and for the people

Kickstarting 2015 is a new experimental project by cinematographer and Tropfest South East Asia judge Christopher Doyle and upcoming director Jenny Suen.

PHOTO ESSAY

The Kelantan floods

Journalist Danny Lim documents the extent of the disaster, as volunteers and NGOs fill the gaps in flood relief efforts.

FEATURE

Shelter for those who seek their way back

For former drug users, vagabonds, sex workers and the mentally ill, local non-profit organisation Payong provides much-needed support for individuals to transition back to society.

FEATURE

Foreign students learning the hard way

Is the convoluted process, along with unequal policies, hindering the growth of our higher education institutes?

FEATURE

Assorted measures needed to empower women

Women representation in positions of power in Malaysia is still dismal. Would gender quotas help eliminate this stagnation?

FEATURE

#jesuischarlie: Will the real Charlie please stand up?

Paris-based Penangite Bram Tan explores the identity behind Charlie, in the aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo shooting.

UTTER ECONOMICS

Should we fear death or longevity?

As humans live longer, the impact on the economy is beginning to look grizzled.

VOICE IN THE CROWD

No automatic new start for Penang as a city

Penang is on its way to becoming a city– again. However, this does not mean that improvements will happen overnight.

FOOTPRINTS

Taking freedom with the press

From printing press to Pulp cafe, KL's Art Printing Works gets a new breath of life.

REVIEW

Singapore – A tough love story

50 articles on what to love about Singapore might come off a tad sycophantic, but Kee Thuan Chye assures us that this is not what 50 Things to Love about Singapore is all about.

PENANG PALETTE

Choong Kam Kow – A this-worldly visionary

With 258 selected works and some 57 years of toil, artist Choong Kam Kow is finally getting his hugely deserved moment.

TRAVEL

Road tripping with long-distance parents

Travelling with parents, especially those who live far from you, requires patience. A lot of it.

RESTAURANT REVIEW

Rasa Sayang’s cool lounge

If you're looking for some fun, interaction and play, there's a new joint in town where you can get all that – and more.

STATISTICS

Demographics of a diverse Malaysia

To accompany our cover story, here are some figures on Malaysia’s demographic makeup.

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