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September 2010 COVER STORY

Priced off Penang: Who can afford an island home?

There is a property boom on the island, and Penang’s middle class may have to move out.

Also in this issue

FEATURE

Turning disability into a national asset

Disabled persons can still contribute to the nation’s economy, if we let them.

PHOTO ESSAY

George Town Festival

The month-long George Town Festival was held for the first time ever this year. What did you miss?

PROFILE

On vibrant port cities and anomalous nation states

Prof Ho Eng Seng chats with PEM about Muslim societies, nationalism and the lessons history can teach us

THINK TANK THOUGHTS

New dynamics demand new directions

With changing global dynamics and limited resources, new research approaches must be developed.

FEATURE

Seri talks

SERI recently played host to talks and lectures on China, Mahathir Mohamad and greening Penang.

TALK-TALK ONLY

A man who always made an impression

Kee Thuan Chye pays tribute to the late Gan Teik Chee.

FEATURE

Putting Penang’s waterfronts to work

There is much untapped potential in Penang’s waterfronts.

FEATURE

Secrets only ghosts can know

PEM attends a screening of The Blue Mansion, hosted by director Glen Goei.

STATES OF REFORM

Civil servants at an impasse

Civil servants are being forced to choose between two masters at the expense of the people.

THE FEDERAL-STATE SYMBIOSIS

Stronger states, greater progress

It is time to rethink the nation’s developmental model.

PEOPLE ECONOMICS

EMC lab to encourage product designing

Penang’s new emc lab is a long time coming, and will be a boon to the local industry.

PENANG PALETTE

What now, after Teng (Sr)?

The descendents of the late, great Chuah Thean Teng have carved out reputations as talented artists in their own right.