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December 2011 COVER STORY

Budget 2012 reveals Malaysia’s structural problems

For Malaysia to become an industrialised nation, major problems with its income distribution and employment structure must be solved.

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PENANG NEWS

Penang News

Highlights of what’s been happening the past month.

FEATURE

2012 budget under the microscope at Penang Institute

The Penang Institute hosted its annual flagship event, the Post Budget Dialogue.

FEATURE

Ideas and actions for a green state

The state government has been taking initiatives to transform Penang into a leader in environmental practices.

PHOTO ESSAY

The back of the island

Balik Pulau is one of the few places left on the island that has managed to retain its rustic, old world charm.

VOICE IN THE CROWD

Give Butterworth a coastal park

Something needs to be done to transform Butt erworth’s image.

FEATURE

Top of the class – Penang shines in Auditor-General’s Report

The Penang state government has been praised for its fi scal performance, but can this be sustained?

STATES OF REFORM

What do the state budgets of Penang and Selangor tell us?

Tricia Yeoh takes a closer look at the Penang and Selangor state budgets.

FEATURE

Don’t wait! Innovate NOW!

For social innovation to happen, it’s up to us to take responsibility.

FEATURE

Malaysia’s performance on the MDGs: a differentiated picture

UN coordination specialist Lin Mui Kiang discusses Malaysia’s performance thus far in achieving its Millenium Development Goals.

WINDOW INTO HISTORY

Germany wins Battle of Penang, 1914

In 1914, a furious naval battle was being waged.

FEATURE

Sunway rising

Since the day he saw how Komtar was built, Tan Hun Beng knew exactly what he wanted to do.

PEOPLE ECONOMICS

Managing Malaysia’s first EMC lab

A “technopreneur” discusses running one of the nation’s premier test services and solutions providers.

PENANG PALETTE

Bringing brilliance to heritage buildings

New art spaces are popping up in Penang, but can the state take advantage of this energy?

UTTER ECONOMICS

Asia rising - Asian currencies continue to rise against the USD

Why are Asian currencies appreciating against the US dollar, and what does this mean for the future?

BOOK REVIEW

The Tiger that Lost its Roar – a tale of Malaysia’s political economy

Toh Kin Woon reviews this collection of articles on the federal government’s management of the economy.

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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.

FEATURE
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From Persia to Penang: Boria Bops On

We explore Penang's cultural export, the vibrant boria.