November 2014 COVER STORY

A history of local elections in Penang Part I: Democracy Comes Early

Did you know that Penang had its rst show of political protest in 1800? For this month and the next, we delve into a two-part history of local elections in Penang.

Also in this issue


The last Siamese village of Penang

It might only be a matter of time before Noo Wan Aroonratana, 91, finds himself, along with the rest of the villagers of century-old Kampung Siam in Pulau Tikus, without a home.


Penang’s heritage wealth goes way beyond the Unesco site

While historic buildings within George Town's Unesco site are protected, the same cannot be said for those that lie beyond the border.


The life of a living goddess

A peek into the life of one of Nepal's living goddesses, seven-year-old Diya Bajracharya.


Injecting gender into the Penang Agenda

What is Gender Responsive and Participatory Budgeting? Yasmin Bathamanathan speaks to experts in this area to find out.


Decentralisation offers solutions – and snags

A highly centralised government has certain drawbacks, but can decentralising the management of public goods result in a better Malaysia?


Malaysian bank giants merging?

What might happen when CIMB Group Holdings Bhd, RHB Capital Bhd and Malaysia Building Society Bhd merge? The answer could be the biggest bank in Malaysia with a whopping US$200bil worth of assets.


Indonesian responses to the IS challenge

The world's most populous Muslim- majority country tackles the IS threat.


A personal experience at GTF

Kee Thuan Chye recounts his role in George Town Festival.


Kyogen : An awesome tradition seeking a future

Penang was given a taste of the 600-year- old Japanese traditional theatre during George Town Festival. Julia Tan speaks to master kyogen actor Mansai Nomura about his art.


Christine Das: Stroking animals to life

Penang-born artist Christine Das finds her passion in nature.


A festival that is small, and therefore big

The Pangkor Island Festival, in its second year, is about the community and its heritage.


An explosion of art shows

With the whole country engulfed in celebrations of art festivals and related art affairs, Malaysia seems to be having an art-tastic year.


Who says you can’t make videos in Penang?

Venus Khor, co-founder of local production house RisingOneMedia, is determined to make that happen.