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Oct 2017

The Art of Dismantling Cultural Pluralism

The soul of Malaysia has been under attack for decades.

PROFILE
Sep 2017

A Great New Way to Blast Machines Clean

Banker-turned-entrepreneur Shivonne Lew shares her story.

BOOKS UNBOUND
Aug 2017

Conversations and Explorations: Leela Devi Panikar - Spinning Short Stories

Brevity, fleetness and attention to the smallest detail – all necessary for the short story form.

PENANG PALETTE
Aug 2017

Remembering Tan Choon Ghee in Ink and Watercolour

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

FEATURE
Jun 2017

Scholarships for All Classes

Heads up, kids – applications for the Penang Future Foundation are open.

WINDOW INTO HISTORY
Jun 2017

The Botanic Gardens: A Tale of Gloom and Bloom

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

FEATURE
May 2017

A Migrant Worker’s Journey of Despair – and Hope

In seeking greener pastures, many migrant workers find themselves locked in a nightmare instead.

PROFILE
May 2017

A Man with a Mission

It takes courage to make decisions, as businessman and cancer survivor SK Sundaram discovers.

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.

COVER STORY
Mar 2017

Tanjung Bungah – More Popular Than Ever

With sun, sea and sand in close proximity and verdant hills as the backdrop, Tanjung Bungah is the ideal suburb.

FEATURE
Sep 2016

Three Historical Markets of George Town

Prangin Market, Chowrasta Market and Campbell Street Market have been the hubs of trade on the island for over a century.

PEAKS AND PARKS
Aug 2016

On the Isle of Outcasts

A hike across Pulau Jerejak reveals remnants of the past.

FEATURE
Jul 2016

The Changing Harbour Front

The waterfront mirrors Penang’s history.

FEATURE
Jul 2016

Penang and Kuching Redefine Malaysia’s Urban Cool

The two cities are revitalising through the arts.

WINDOW INTO HISTORY
Mar 2016

A Water Supply System to Boast About

A legacy of the British, Penang's water infrastructure is part of the city's colonial inheritance.

PENANG PALETTE
Feb 2016

Loving Paris in the Winter

When it gets cold in the romance capital of the world, it's time to nip into an art gallery or two.

FEATURE
Dec 2015

The renewal of Butterworth continues

A Star lights up Butterworth, bridging island and mainland in light.

PEAKS AND PARKS
Dec 2015

A hike to the top via Moongate

A simple climb through the jungle makes the Hill so much more enjoyable.

FEATURE
Oct 2015

Penang targets non-traditional tourists

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

FEATURE
Oct 2015

Going Dutch: Lessons in urban amenity from Amsterdam

Holland's capital balances the competing needs of tourists and locals.

FEATURE
Oct 2015

One country’s Merdeka is another’s damage control

To gain a fuller insight into Malaysia’s attainment of independence, we need to look at the adjacent puzzle pieces as well.

PENANG PALETTE
Jun 2015

Art thefts are big business

Malaysian art gets stolen more often than you might think.

RESTAURANT REVIEW
Feb 2015

Rasa Sayang’s cool lounge

If you're looking for some fun, interaction and play, there's a new joint in town where you can get all that – and more.

Perspectives
Jan 2015

The more individual stories we acknowledge, the more authentic our national history

There is a disease in Malaysia called "Politicititis", where memory loss is the main symptom; what we remember or forget are dictated by the politically powerful. The cure? Freedom of speech.

COVER STORY
Sep 2014

Making federalism REAL

If we can strike the right balance with federalism, we may just be able to strengthen Malaysia. But where and how should we start?

PROFILE
Sep 2014

Putting all into the job

We find out what it takes to run a bureau tasked with taking tourism to a higher level when we speak to Ooi Geok Ling, the managing director of Penang Global Tourism.

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?

REVIEW
Aug 2014

NonserviaM lifts heavy metal higher

Punkhead Marco Ferrarese reviews homegrown melodic death metal band NonserviaM's debut album, A Spectral Ascension.

COVER STORY
Jul 2014

Is the nursing profession in good health?

Nurses play an indispensable role in society, but they are leaving the country by the droves. In spite of this, oddly enough, Malaysia also faces an overabundance of nursing graduates. What then is the state of the local nursing profession?

FEATURE
Apr 2014

Sungai Lembing – a world of ore-some tunnels and rainbows

Lim Shu-Lin heads down into the mines of Pahang and discovers a world of historical splendour and beauty.

FEATURE
Aug 2013

Gun killing on the rise

What has caused this year’s surge in gun-related deaths in Malaysia?

FEATURE
Aug 2013

Langkawi where eagles fly

Sumitra Selvaraj explores the island in the sun from a different vantage point.

FEATURE
Feb 2013

Legacies of Leprosy

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

FEATURE
Feb 2013

Off the beaten track in Hong Kong

Hong Kong still holds plenty of surprises for the jaded traveller.

PENANG PALETTE
Feb 2013

In Awed Appreciation of PAGO-PAGO

Artist Latiff Mohidin is honoured through an extensive exhibition that mirrors his life.

FEATURE
Jan 2013

Halal hub in the making

The halal industry in Penang has seen rapid expansion in the last two years, giving Penang an opportunity to diversify its investment sources.

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.

FEATURE
Oct 2012

Rasa Sayang goes another shade greener

In a bid to cut down on plastic bottles, Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa opens its own bottling plant.

COVER STORY
Apr 2012

16 Women

In the spirit of International Women's Day, Penang Monthly is featuring 16 exceptional women who have had a profound impact on the community around them.

WINDOW INTO HISTORY
Mar 2012

Epidemic diseases in Penang, 1819

On the emergence of small pox and cholera in the 19th century.

COVER STORY
Mar 2012

The common good in Penang's progress

For development to truly benefit everyone, consensus must be achieved among the community, private businesses and the government.