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May 2012 COVER STORY

Social Resistance in a semi-democracy

Recent protests illustrate a widespread demand for meaningful participation in Malaysia's policymaking process. Will the government listen?

Also in this issue

PHOTO ESSAY

Inside THE ZONE

The Bayan Lepas Industrial Zone is a beehive of activity, powered by workers from around the world.

VOICE IN THE CROWD

Non-compliance - a bane of urban governance

In spite of some positive signs, local authorities are simply not doing enough to enforce the law.

FEATURE

In search of a new, competent Foreign Minister

Malaysia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs has lost its way.

FEATURE

The Foreign Minister's diminished role

It is high time Wisma Putra punches above its weight again.

FEATURE

GEORGE TOWN FESTIVAL 2012 Highlights

The George Town Festival is back!

UTTER ECONOMICS

A review of the ONE-YEAR-OLD ETP

We take a closer look at the Economic Transformation Programme, and find many unanswered questions.

PI SEMINARS

The Economic Transformation Programme forum

In April, the Penang Institute organised a forum to discuss the ETP.

FEATURE

A disturbing focus on the man through his women

The Sandpit: Womensis explores important issues, but is marred by its callous gender politics.

FEATURE

Having to belong everywhere

Writer KS Maniam chats with us about gender, language and the Malaysian identity.

STATES OF REFORM

Early election

Can Penang and Selangor get the ball rolling?

PENANG PALETTE

George Town's "Mr Festival"

George Town Festivel director Joe Siek has speaks on how far now-iconic festival has come.

FEATURE

The evolution of Penang’s Chinese associations

Chinese associations, important products of the 19th century, must find ways to adapt to modern times.

PEOPLE ECONOMICS

Skilling future workers

Industrial Penang and its talent requirement scenario.

BOOK REVIEW

Master photographers: the Professor & the Doctor

Cecil Rajendra reviews two books of photography by Ooi Cheng Ghee and Ismail Hashim. How do they stack up?

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Of Heroes Unsung, and Mortals Undead

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

WINDOW INTO HISTORY
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Women Against the Flow

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