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December 2009 COVER STORY

Penang Finance:Strong Roots, Stunted Growth

Last year’s general election results led to initial optimism that the traditional federal bullying of dissident states would no longer work. However, an analysis of Penang’s financial records reveals that the optimism is misplaced.

Also in this issue

OPINION

Repossessing the future of Penang

For Penang’s Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng, the three foci for reform are governance, economic proactiveness, and social stability.

PROFILE

Tun Lim Chong Eu: The past is not passé

The former chief minister reminds Penangites not to forget the strands of history and how these continue to dictate our economic and political thought.

VINTAGE WHITES

VINTAGE WHITES

Urban history is dramatically captured in the architecture of the past.

VOICE IN THE CROWD

George Town as an engine of growth

Penang may now be more than two centuries old, but it has all the assets needed for future growth.

VOICE IN THE CROWD

Accommodating heritage

Like cities in developed countries, the old town needs revitalisation. Its intrinsic value has been ignored for too long.

FEATURE

A day in the life of a tutor

Private tutors are one of the prominent but silent professions common to Penang.

VIDEO GA-GA

We are all little Indian boys

Filmmaker Amir Muhammad enjoys one of Yasmin Ahmad’s short films.

PENANG PALETTE

Penang art: Chance, renewal and sustenance

The Penang art scene is an aging one. The time has come for a renaissance.

UTTER ECONOMICS

Is fiscal federalism the answer?

Parliamentary debate should become less centralised. Federal laws can be made to contain local flavours as well.

INVESTMENT

Penang’s way forward

The global crisis has definitely arrived, bringing with it opportunities as well.

EVENTS

Events

Some things to look forward to.

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