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January 2016 COVER STORY

Education – Ever the political victim

It's out with the old and in with the new every time a crisis engulfs the country's leadership – and all at the expense of our children's education.

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EDITORIAL

New modes of learning for a new century

Many answers to many questions
What’s so great about standardised learning?

FEATURE

Fusing modern skills with traditional crafts

Art festival Urban Xchange 2015 brought together young artists and traditional handicraft masters to re-imagine Penang’s heritage.

FEATURE

Even tastier times ahead

It’s all about capturing local preferences.

PHOTO ESSAY

A look inside Penang Free School

We explore the culture and tradition of the oldest school in Malaysia.

WINDOW INTO HISTORY

The devoted pioneers of girls’ education in Malaya

The inspiring story of the determined Sisters of Infant Jesus.

FEATURE

Private schooling getting popular

International schools have doubled in number over the past five years. We explore why.

FEATURE

Home-schooling – An applauded option

It is a welcome alternative to mainstream education.

FEATURE

The luxury of home-schooling

We take a look at home-schooling in Singapore.

FEATURE

Time to reform public universities

Our public universities struggle to catch up with the rest of Asia. With the recent budget cut, what options do they have left in trying to regain former glory?

FEATURE

Flip-flops trip key education reforms

With some drastic U-turns in policies, what good is the Malaysia Education Blueprint?

FOOTPRINTS

Towards healthier rural living, one solar-powered water filtering system at a time

One young man aims to revolutionise the way rural folks gain access to clean water.

REVIEW

Is the Malaysian extreme music scene stagnant or subtly evolving?

Marco Ferrarese's new book, Banana Punk Rawk Trails, examines Malaysia's punk metal scene.

PENANG PALETTE

Will Malaysia’s bullish art market be bearing downwards?

Art Market be Bearing Downwards? Bidding fatigue and scarcity of top-notch works might spell a slowdown in the art market.

PENANG ECONOMIC INDICATOR

Preparing for challenging times ahead

It is likely to be a difficult year for Malaysians in 2016, but at the same time, opportunities await those who are well prepared.

PENANG ECONOMIC OUTLOOK

The knowledge economy is Penang’s future

The target is to transform Penang into a high-skilled and technology-driven knowledge-based economy.

PENANG ECONOMIC OUTLOOK

Baiting a billion-ringgit aquaculture industry

An extremely lucrative fish-farming industry is raking in the money.

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The Legacy of Taste

After several generations, they have perfected age-old family recipes.

FEATURE
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Taste, in Words

They write the stories that make the whole world hungry.

FEATURE
Dec 2017

Butterworth Food Trail

There's something to eat, anytime of the day, in Butterworth.

ODDLY ENOUGH
Dec 2017

Food and Politics

What has food got to do with politics?

FEATURE
Dec 2017

A Snack Well Worth Waiting For

Call it ban chien kueh or apam, a pancake by any other name would taste just as sweet.