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STATISTICS
Sep 2017

Women in the Labour Force

How fare Malaysian women at work?

COVER STORY
Aug 2017

The Story of Malaysia through its Constitution

The Constitution today is no longer what it was. To fix Malaysia, we need to fix its laws.

PENANG ECONOMIC INDICATOR
Jul 2017

Low Unemployment in Penang for Now

The recruitment market is expected to grow moderately in the second half of 2017.

FEATURE
May 2017

One More Nyonya Kuih for the Road?

These teatime snacks find their way back into the hearts – and tummies – of locals.

ODDLY ENOUGH
Apr 2017

The Sad Lot of Migrant Workers Affects Us All

Female migrant workers in Malaysia face a myriad of challenges

WINDOW INTO HISTORY
Apr 2017

When Penang and the Dindings were One

For 60 years, the Dindings district in Perak was governed by Penang.

STATISTICS
Jan 2017

Penang's Economic Performance

A look at the state's economic growth over the past five years.

UTTER ECONOMICS
Dec 2016

A Budget with Dubious Benefits

Looking past the handouts, we see a bleak reality.

FEATURE
Nov 2016

Malaysia is Like a Plate of Nasi Kandar

From its origins as a simple meal to fill the tummy, nasi kandar has become a Malaysian institution.

FEATURE
Oct 2016

Better, Cheaper, Faster – Really?

A look into ridership and population projection shows the Better, Cheaper Faster alternative transport model might be fundamentally flawed.

UTTER ECONOMICS
Oct 2016

Where Does Our EPF Money Go?

We explore Malaysia’s pension fund, which collects a staggering RM5bil per month.

BEGINNINGS
Sep 2016

The Evolution of Gurney Drive and Its Name

Did you know that the popular promenade was almost renamed “Pantai Merdeka”?

FEATURE
Jul 2016

Rice Miller: A Projection of Penang’s Pioneer Spirit

The perseverance of the people behind The Rice Miller Project is an inspiration.

COVER STORY
Jul 2016

Where the Sea Meets the City is Where the World Meets Penang

Intrinsically linked to the water, George Town's waterfront is where it all began – and it still continues to amaze.

PENANG ECONOMIC INDICATOR
Jul 2016

No Smooth Sailing for the Second Half of 2016

Forecast for the Malaysian and Penang economy for the second half of the year.

PENANG ECONOMIC INDICATOR
Jul 2016

Wanted: Employees!

As labour demand increases, labour supply struggles to catch up.

FEATURE
May 2016

Lessons on Democracy from the Middle East

Amid the strife post-Arab Spring is a sense of optimism, where ideals are kept alive.

ODDLY ENOUGH
May 2016

The Political Economy of Malaysia’s Migrant Worker Business

The import of foreign workers rakes in hundreds of millions each year, but for whom?

PENANG PALETTE
May 2016

An Ancient Art Form that Continues to Inspire

The Chinese brush genre survives – and evolves – in Malaysia.

FEATURE
Apr 2016

The Panthers are Back!

After a five-year hiatus, the Football Association of Penang returns to the top flight.

CARPE DIEM
Apr 2016

Our Young Need New Ways of Financing Their Higher Education

Fundamental reforms are required in sustainable student support.

CARPE DIEM
Mar 2016

TIME TO BE HUMAN

There should be no compromise when it comes to defending humanity.

FEATURE
Mar 2016

Making Sure Penang’s Taps Keep Flowing

What does the future of Penang's water supply look like?

COVER STORY
Feb 2016

TPPA – The Winners and the Losers

Malaysia makes a bold move in joining the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA). It will change the game for many Malaysian companies.

FEATURE
Dec 2015

Penang as an entrepreneurial state

Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng talks about shaping a progressive economic policy in Penang that is investment-led, inclusive and sustainable.

FEATURE
Aug 2015

Saintly relics for Penang church

A young church in Sungai Ara is home to not just one, but two saints.

FOOTPRINTS
Aug 2015

Paddy planting: Rise of the machines (or maybe not)

The folks of Ba Kelalan in Sarawak find machine planting to be a bit of a hassle.

STATISTICS
Aug 2015

Measuring creativity

We provide the numbers on the local creative industry.

PENANG ECONOMIC INDICATOR
Jul 2015

Moving towards high-performing shared services and outsourcing

From a traditional transactional services hub to higher value-added knowledgebased activities, Penang’s SSO industry is on the precipice of transformation.

STATISTICS
May 2015

Labour force and wage comparisons by numbers

In conjunction witch Labour Day, we provide the statistics on Malaysia's workforce.

UTTER ECONOMICS
May 2015

Rising global inequality signals coming catastrophe

Say goodbye to social, political and financial stability, and economic growth.

PENANG ECONOMIC OUTLOOK
Apr 2015

Penang’s economy in 2015: Growth continues, but more slowly

As we enter the second quarter, we take a look at what's affecting the Penang economy.

UTTER ECONOMICS
Feb 2015

Should we fear death or longevity?

As humans live longer, the impact on the economy is beginning to look grizzled.

FEATURE
Dec 2014

Does the AEC spell open season for skilled workers?

Is the Asean Economic Community (AEC) as good as it sounds?

FEATURE
Nov 2014

Decentralisation offers solutions – and snags

A highly centralised government has certain drawbacks, but can decentralising the management of public goods result in a be er Malaysia?

FEATURE
Oct 2014

Making Penang a slave-free state

Penang is not immune to human trafficking, but there are dedicated people involved in trying to eradicate this vice.

FEATURE
Oct 2014

Taking education outside the school

While our education system has yet to shift its focus to Science, Technology, English and Mathematics (STEM), learning centres fill the gap.

FEATURE
Sep 2014

From China with Love

Marco Ferrarese talks to fellow writer Ewe Paik Leong about the young, seductive women from mainland China who flood our shores in search of an easy buck.

FEATURE
Sep 2014

Are you buying slavery?

Malaysia recently slipped down to Tier 3 on the US Department of State’s Trafficking in Persons Report. How much do you know about this crime, and are you inadvertently buying slavery?

WINDOW INTO HISTORY
Aug 2014

Penang’s forgotten protest: The 1967 Hartal

For almost two months in 1967, Penang was in a state of near-anarchy. What happened, and how did things get to that point?