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picking on the past
Nov 2017

The Diminishing of Humans through Identity Politics

Socio-economic considerations should decide public policies and public discourses – not identity.

picking on the past
Oct 2017

The Art of Dismantling Cultural Pluralism

The soul of Malaysia has been under attack for decades.

STATISTICS
Oct 2017

Social Growth Factors in Numbers

Progress shown from socio-economic facets.

FEATURE
Oct 2017

Being There for Needy Families

Their primary mission is to care for community health.

COVER STORY
Oct 2017

Pondering Malaysia’s Socio-economic Pessimism

The country has grown, both economically and demographically. At the same time, modern societal issues need addressing.

FEATURE
Sep 2017

George Town’s Diversity Safeguards its Religious Harmony

The gentle equilibrium among George Town's many races is its strength.

CARPE DIEM
Sep 2017

Bangsa Malaysia – A Dream Worth Fighting For

For young Malaysians, it is not so hard to imagine a united society.

FEATURE
Aug 2017

Time to Respect the Original Peoples

Too often are they neglected – and exploited for their lands.

WINDOW INTO HISTORY
Aug 2017

A History of the Malay Left: Part One

Distrust, fear, resentment – these gave rise to the Left.

PHOTO ESSAY
Jan 2017

The Think Tank Turns Twenty

We celebrate Penang Institute's 20th birthday with a showcase of its people.

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.

CARPE DIEM
Jul 2016

Hudud Threatens the Future of Malaysia

The hudud issue arises again – and we must address it with greater urgency.

FEATURE
Mar 2012

Microcredit, macro-goals

Running the state government's microcredit scheme has been no easy task.

FEATURE
Mar 2012

1Care – a careless reform

Toh Kin Woon argues that 1Care places cost-cutting obove providing adequate healthcare coverage.

FEATURE
Jan 2012

Building on the past

As SERI transforms into the Penang Institute, we take a look at the think tank's past.

PROFILE
Jan 2012

Need Think Tanks For New Times

Outgoing Penang Institute executive director Liew Chin Tong looks back at his two-year tenure with the think tank.

FEATURE
Jan 2012

Penang's maritime potential

Why hasn’t Penang been able to transform itself into a maritime hub?

FEATURE
Dec 2011

Ideas and actions for a green state

The state government has been taking initiatives to transform Penang into a leader in environmental practices.

BOOK REVIEW
Dec 2011

The Tiger that Lost its Roar – a tale of Malaysia’s political economy

Toh Kin Woon reviews this collection of articles on the federal government’s management of the economy.

PROFILE
Oct 2011

Woo, the lucky economist

Prof Woo Wing Thye is one of the the world's most renowned economists, and he would be the fi rst to admit he had a bit of help gett ing there.

VOICE IN THE CROWD
Aug 2011

Clarifying the role of politicians in development control

Is there too much political interference in local development?

VOICE IN THE CROWD
Jun 2011

The state should repaint all low cost flats

While subsidising the repainting of low cost flats will improve living conditions, diff erentiating between these flats based on who built them will dampen these efforts.

FEATURE
Apr 2011

Eco-towns – the Asian experience

At the Seventh Asia-Pacific Eco-Business Forum, the future of Asian Eco-towns comes into focus.

STATES OF REFORM
Apr 2011

The many sides of good city living

The national economy depends on the health of its cities.

UTTER ECONOMICS
Apr 2011

Penang’s investment numbers

Rather than looking at specific peaks and troughs, Penang’s share of capital

STATES OF REFORM
Mar 2011

Taking bigger than baby steps to transform the economy

Malaysians need an alternative approach to its economy and society.

UTTER ECONOMICS
Feb 2011

Turning Points: Ups and downs of Penang’s economy

Different locations doing things differently in pursuit of common growth is the new growth model, and their performances need to be independently monitored.

FEATURE
Jan 2011

A-G’s report on Penang’s financial status Positive feedback with some concerns

PEM analyses the Auditor-General's report on Penang's fi nances, and though it's mostly good news, there are still areas that need improving.

THINK TANK THOUGHTS
Jan 2011

SERI seeks to offer policy alternatives

The role of think tanks in policy development is rarely appreciated. SERI is aiming to change that.

VOICE IN THE CROWD
Dec 2010

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
Dec 2010

Saving Tanjung Tokong

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

FEATURE
Dec 2010

Gender parity still a distant dream

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

FEATURE
Nov 2010

Stories to stir the soul

The inaugural pinks Festival was held recently, reminding us of the power and importance of storytelling.

MISSION STATEMENT
Oct 2010

Penang economic monthly

SERI revamps its magazine in response to Penang’s new political, economic and cultural scenario.

FEATURE
Oct 2010

What’s up with Penang properties?

Property prices are soaring; we find out why.

VOICE IN THE CROWD
Oct 2010

No liveable city without good coastal access

In spite of the millions spent on town planning, Penang’s coastal areas are missing basic facilities.

FEATURE
Oct 2010

Penang’s development still depends on the PDC

The Penang Development Corporation, one of the main drivers of Penang’s development, is reinventing itself for the 21st century.

THINK TANK THOUGHTS
Sep 2010

New dynamics demand new directions

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

FEATURE
Sep 2010

Putting Penang’s waterfronts to work

There is much untapped potential in Penang’s waterfronts.

COVER STORY
Aug 2010

Penang's Place in the 10mp

The 10th Malaysia Plan is out. PEM Economics Editor Chan Huan Chiang takes a close look at the plan, and what it means for Penang's future.

VOICE IN THE CROWD
Aug 2010

Curitiba - an ideal city of buses

George Town can learn a lot from Curitiba's public transportation system.