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FEATURE
Sep 2017

Of Heroes Unsung, and Mortals Undead

This year's George Town Literary Festival is yet another feast for the soul.

WINDOW INTO HISTORY
Sep 2017

Women Against the Flow

Removing those rose-tinted colonial glasses reveals a harsh era for women.

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 PALETTE
Aug 2017

Remembering Tan Choon Ghee in Ink and Watercolour

His large collection is now at the Penang State Art Gallery.

WINDOW INTO HISTORY
Jun 2017

Why Penang YWCA is Such a Landmark

The organisation has been empowering women for over a century.

FEATURE
May 2017

Suukee Nang: What it Means to be Hainanese

Local Hainanese take pride in their esprit de corps.

PROFILE
Apr 2017

Navi Pillay: People Need to be Treated Equally

The inspirational story of the South African former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

COVER STORY
Apr 2017

Talking about Ageing: The Greying Elephant in the Room

Affordable and good healthcare; shelter and comfort: it’s time to address the realities of growing old in Malaysia.

PENANG PALETTE
Apr 2017

Glimpses of Yayoi Kusama’s Art Universe

Meet the Grandmother of Funky Optical Pop Art.

FEATURE
Mar 2017

Making Penang Their Home – By Cheering Up Others

It began as a support network for women living away from home.

WINDOW INTO HISTORY
Feb 2017

The Dawn of Higher Education in Malaysia

It was no easy matter pushing for tertiary-level education in colonial Malaya.

FEATURE
Dec 2016

The Word and the World (Part Two)

Post World War II Malaysia – including Penang – bursts with literary work.

WINDOW INTO HISTORY
Nov 2016

A Short History of Penang’s Malay Publishing Industry

The printing presses in Penang have been humming for over two centuries.

WINDOW INTO HISTORY
Sep 2016

Penang: The Rebel State (Part One)

Discontent with the Federation of Malaya led the Straits Chinese elite of Penang to begin a push towards secession.

FEATURE
Jul 2016

Memories of a Reserve Currency Collapse

Will what happened in Penang in 1967 happen on a global scale soon?

FEATURE
Jun 2016

Balik Pulau – Where Cottage Industries Still Survive

Homemade, local and original, family businesses find ways to thrive.

PENANG PALETTE
Jun 2016

Bull Market for South-East Asian Art

The South-East Asian art market bears watching.

PENANG PALETTE
May 2016

An Ancient Art Form that Continues to Inspire

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

FEATURE
Dec 2015

The high life: Growing up on the peak

What's it like to have spent a great part of one's life on Penang Hill? Meet two people who have done exactly that.

PENANG PALETTE
Dec 2015

Calmness caught in epic colours

Syed Thajudeen – artist, philosopher, poet and magician – returns with a grand flourish.

PENANG PALETTE
Nov 2015

Worshipping women: Confident, conscious and complex

A tribute to the late Yuen Chee Ling, who celebrated women through her art.

PENANG PALETTE
Oct 2015

Loving the art and the artist

For some artists, Cupid struck at the first brushstroke.

FEATURE
Oct 2015

Penang targets non-traditional tourists

Be it for work or sports, Penang is a magnet for many.

WINDOW INTO HISTORY
Oct 2015

The swashbuckling municipal president of Penang

Sjovald Hoseason Cunyngham-Brown was a civil servant, soldier, adventurer, activist and more.

COVER STORY
Sep 2015

Putting Pulau Tikus on the map

Rich in history and rich in culture, this beloved township is drawing more attention than ever before.

PENANG PALETTE
Sep 2015

Paris – Source of inspiration for local artists

The city of romance is also the muse to many Malaysian artists.

COVER STORY
Aug 2015

RIDING THE TECH TIGER

Penang invests in people taking risks in the region’s newest industry

PENANG PALETTE
Aug 2015

Taking water and colours to new heights

Meet Chang Fee Ming, a game-changer known for pushing the parameters of his art.

COVER STORY
May 2015

Crisis ahead for private higher education – and solutions

With unemployable graduates and a financial status that runs in the red, can private schools survive in Malaysia?

STATISTICS
May 2015

Labour force and wage comparisons by numbers

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

PENANG PALETTE
May 2015

So much of Ismail Hashim to unpack or repack

A tribute? A retrospective? Or an archival reconnaissance lab test? The Unpack/ Repack exhibition on the late Ismail Hashim definitely pushes the envelope.

FEATURE
Mar 2015

Malaysian skinheads against racism

We’ve been misunderstanding this crowd for far too long.

COVER STORY
Dec 2014

A history of local elections in Penang Part II: A legacy to protect

Turmoil in the 1960s spelled the end of local government elections in Penang, and throughout a fledgling Malaysia. Find out more about what transpired in the second part of our two-parter on local elections.

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.

COVER STORY
Jan 2014

Penang in 2014: trends and forecasts

What's Penang's outlook in the face of global change? Penang Monthly provides a 17-page analysis.

FEATURE
Oct 2013

Embracing Islam's Diversity

Prof Mohsen Kadivar sheds some light on the different sects of Islam, and why they should be embraced.

FEATURE
Sep 2013

Bahasa Indonesia championed by Chinese

Why did Indonesia end up adopting a language primarily used by Chinese traders as its national language?

COVER STORY
Aug 2013

Catching the East Asian wind

The inaugural Penang Economic Conference takes a look at the region’s global economical potential and challenges that come with progress.

FEATURE
Jul 2013

Stopping child marriage in Malaysia

Ambiga Sreenevasan and Ratna Osman discuss child marriage and statutory rape.

STATES OF REFORM
May 2013

An election by manifesto

An analysis of the promises given by the Penang and Selangor state governments in their respective manifestos.

ASEAN INSIGHTS
Mar 2013

Regional outlook

Insights from around the region at the Regional Outlook Forum 2013.

FEATURE
Feb 2013

Legacies of Leprosy

Descendants of Penang's leprosy patients attempt to reconnect with their past.

PROFILE
Feb 2013

WU LIEN-TEH The father of modern medicine in China

A highly respected plague ghter, Dr Wu Lien-Teh remains largely unknown amongst his fellow Penangites.

FEATURE
Feb 2013

Cindy Gallop connecting change-makers

One of the featured speakers at the 2012 TEDxGurneyDrive, Cindy Gallop chats with us about being a feminist and changing the world.

FEATURE
Dec 2012

A prayer for FEATURE WORLD PEACE IN PENANG

Faith Watson returns to Penang to wash away memories of bland food and pray for world peace.

REVIEW
Dec 2012

SHORT AND SWEET comes to Penang

A festival celebrating freedom of expression through acting and dance.