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October 2011 COVER STORY

Entering new territory with open tenders

It's been more than three years since the open tender system was introduced in Penang. How is it supposed to work, and has it fulfi lled its objectives?

Also in this issue

PENANG NEWS

Penang News

Highlights of what’s been happening the past month.

PROFILE

Woo, the lucky economist

Prof Woo Wing Thye is one of the the world's most renowned economists, and he would be the fi rst to admit he had a bit of help gett ing there.

PHOTO ESSAY

St Anne’s Festival

Every year, tens of thousands of pilgrims converge in Bukit Mertajam to take part in the St Anne's Festival, the largest such festival in South-East Asia.

FEATURE

MPSP 2012: A good deficit budget

The Seberang Perai Municipal Council is making history with the introduction of its 2012 budget.

FEATURE

Now let’s see how clean we can get

The MPPP's Penang Island Cleanliness Master Plan has just been completed.

VOICE IN THE CROWD

Penang Hill — Nature’s gift to the public

With all the projects coming up on Penang Hill, we are in danger of forgetting who the Hill is meant for.

FEATURE

Chinese and Muslim societies as natural allies

In late 19th century cosmopolitan Penang, Muslim and Chinese societies rose above racial and cultural differences to work together.

STATES OF REFORM

Malaysia the welfare state?

When it comes to welfare aid, who is getting what and why? And why should these questions matter?

JUST A MINUTE

Larger than life

A Lithuanian artist captures one of Penang's living heritage treasures on an Armenian Street wall.

WINDOW INTO HISTORY

Adult suffrage comes to Penang and Malaysia, 1951

On December 1, 1951, Penang made history by holding its first ever municipal election.

A DAY IN THE LIFE

Cooking from the heart

Pearly Kee, a fifth-generation Penang Nyonya, has an encyclopaedic knowledge of Nyonya recipes, and her cooking classes have drawn students from around the world.

PEOPLE ECONOMICS

Why compete when you can collaborate?

Private hospitals in Penang have joined forces in an effort to shore up their talent pool in the face of increasing demands and competition.

FEATURE

Develop by all means, but not by any means

With the rise in development projects, Penang's unique charm is at stake.

PENANG PALETTE

Eric Quah: A beautiful life

We profile the life and works of master painter Eric Quah.

UTTER ECONOMICS

Manning the state government

The implementation of minimum wage may not have much of an impact on income distribution, but are wages reflecting productivity?

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FEATURE
Nov 2017

The Art of Developing Balik Pulau

The once-sleepy village is abuzz with new attractions.

PHOTO ESSAY
Nov 2017

Linked by Bike!

Renting a ride is only a tap away.

FEATURE
Oct 2017

Between Fact and Fiction

Mei Fong and Zen Cho make reverberating impacts in their respective genres.

FEATURE
Nov 2017

The Golden Stupas of Pulau Tikus

Many still flock to these temples to worship, or to adore their resplendence.

FEATURE
Nov 2017

The Bastion of Early Catholicism in Penang Restored

George Town's Church of the Assumption gets a much-needed face lift.