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December 2010 COVER STORY

The state of the economy

If Malaysia is get out of themiddle-income trap, economic decentralisation must happen first.

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JUST A MINUTE

Oktoberfest

The only time of the year you’re allowed to drink heavily in a social sett ing without gett ing dirty looks.

PROFILE

An old Chung Ling boy who thought big

We chat with Loke Gim Tay about his success in the glass industry, and his passion for the arts.

PHOTO ESSAY

I am everyday people

Every Penangite has a story.

FEATURE

Saving Tanjung Tokong

It is the last remaining urban village in the Northeast District. The boom in the properties market now threatens its existence.

VOICE IN THE CROWD

Let’s do what’s needed to make Penang clean and green

While its Cleaner Greener Penang initiative is commendable, the state government must ensure that it creates and maintain more open spaces and parks.

FEATURE

Transforming bus stops to transform city living

Suzy Sulaiman urges a rethink of the way we use our bus stops in order to empower citizens and town planners.

STATES OF REFORM

Comparing the state budgets of Penang and Selangor

The Penang and Selangor state governments have recently tabled their budgets. Tricia Yeoh takes a look at them.

FEATURE

A short history of the Khoo Kongsi

While the Khoo Kongsi building is a well-known tourist attraction, its history is not widely known.

FEATURE

Recognising Penang’s inherent cosmopolitanism

With politics and economics being increasingly regionalised, Penang needs to start thinking in regional terms again.

PEOPLE ECONOMICS

Making little changes matter in Penang

With the launch of the Shared Services Centre, the psdc hopes it will help take Penang to the next level.

PENANG PALETTE

The art market is booming

All of a sudden, Malaysians are starting to buy art.

FEATURE

Gender parity still a distant dream

In spite of the advances made in equal opportunities, society’s expectations of women remain stubbornly stereotypical.

BOOK REVIEW

The regional span of Sun Yat Sen’s republicanism

Sun Yat Sen in Penang narrates the story of Dr Sun Yat Sen’s time on the island, just after the turn of the century.

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