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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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PHOTO ESSAY

A look inside Penang Free School

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

PENANG ECONOMIC OUTLOOK

Baiting a billion-ringgit aquaculture industry

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

FEATURE

Even tastier times ahead

It’s all about capturing local preferences.

FEATURE

Flip-flops trip key education reforms

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

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

Home-schooling – An applauded option

It is a welcome alternative to mainstream education.

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.

EDITORIAL

New modes of learning for a new century

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

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.

FEATURE

Private schooling getting popular

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

WINDOW INTO HISTORY

The devoted pioneers of girls’ education in Malaya

The inspiring story of the determined Sisters of Infant Jesus.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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WINDOW INTO HISTORY
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The Botanic Gardens: A Tale of Gloom and Bloom

At over a century old, Penang's Botanic Gardens have an illustrious past.

FEATURE
Jun 2017

Meet the Mee Goreng Family!

Three generations of Malaysian fusion cooks.

WINDOW INTO HISTORY
Jun 2017

Why Penang YWCA is Such a Landmark

The organisation has been empowering women for over a century.

PENANG PALETTE
Jun 2017

Wandering Souls in a Forbidden Land

A tribute to the late Malaysian artist Zulkifli Mohd Dahalan.