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June 2011 COVER STORY

Challenges for Malaysia’s economy

Communication between industrial players and public officials is seldom smooth. Yet, good mutual understanding between the two is vital for effective economic growth. Industrial players have listed their needs, challenges and immediate plans.

Also in this issue

FEATURE

No easy answer to environmental sustainability

It is time for us to put in the hard work and improve public knowledge of environmental concerns.

PHOTO ESSAY

Penang’s waterfronts

The recent rise of heritage tourism offers some hope of reviving Penang’s neglected waterfront precincts.

FEATURE

Sarawak election diary

The Sarawak elections are over. A DAP worker describes the challenges of campaigning in unfamiliar territory.

FEATURE

Predicting economic turning points

The ability to predict the next downturn. For governments, it could be a matter of survival.

VOICE IN THE CROWD

The state should repaint all low cost flats

While subsidising the repainting of low cost flats will improve living conditions, diff erentiating between these flats based on who built them will dampen these efforts.

FEATURE

George Town Festival 2011 schedule

The George Town Festival is back, and it’s bigger than ever.

FEATURE

Penang as a knowledge hub

Penang can develop and integrate its knowledge clusters, and advertise its position as one of the major knowledge hubs in South-East Asia.

STATES OF REFORM

Reversing the brain drain requires a paradigm shift

The competition for the highly skilled occurs between cities more than between countries.

WINDOW INTO HISTORY

Penang on the brink of war,1821

Kedah’s Rajah Ahmad Tajuddin Halim Shah II fled to Penang to escape the Siamese, and war nearly broke out.

FEATURE

Sao Lim comes to Penang

Unknown to many, the Penang Sao Lim Athletic Association is helping to keep the kung fu tradition alive.

PENANG PALETTE

Malihom–arty resort and affluent refuge

Pem takes a trip to the Malihom ecosanctuary, where artists can take a break, enjoy the scenery and do what they do best: create art.

UTTER ECONOMICS

Reading the numbers: The Bank Negara Report 2010

PEM walks you through the forest of figures that the 2010 Bank Negara Report put together.

BOOK REVIEW

Freedom of Political Speech and Social Responsibility in Malaysia

Dr Mohd Azizuddin Mohd Sani has made a major contribution to thinking about the freedom of political speech in Malaysia.

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