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FEATURE
Oct 2017

Developing Sustainability is the Goal

If it takes a village to raise a child, it takes the entire world to nurture a sustainable planet.

FEATURE
Nov 2016

A Return to Real Democracy

The restoration of local elections will ensure that our democracy can finally blossom.

UTTER ECONOMICS
Oct 2016

Where Does Our EPF Money Go?

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

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.

CARPE DIEM
Jul 2016

Hudud Threatens the Future of Malaysia

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

FEATURE
May 2016

Smart Local Governance Brings Services to Remote Townships

A rural town in Taiwan enjoys the best of cloud computing technology, thanks to sound governance.

COVER STORY
Jan 2016

Education – Ever the political victim

It's out with the old and in with the new every time a crisis engulfs the country's leadership – and all at the expense of our children's education.

FEATURE
Jan 2016

Time to reform public universities

Our public universities struggle to catch up with the rest of Asia. With the recent budget cut, what options do they have left in trying to regain former glory?

FEATURE
Dec 2015

Doing heritage diplomacy in Europe

From Oxford to Chantilly, Penang is being positioned as an economic model and an intelligent city.

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
Oct 2015

Giving the people a say – it’s their money after all

The people of Machang Bubok get to vote on how RM100,000 will be spent.

FEATURE
Sep 2015

A balanced society? The planning must start now

It's time to talk about the future of planning in Penang.

VOICE IN THE CROWD
Jul 2015

Let’s clean up our island city

With Penang's upgrade to city status, it's time to upgrade its level of cleanliness as well.

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?

FEATURE
May 2015

Federalism arrested

The consequences of an overly centralised state are alarming.

PENANG ECONOMIC OUTLOOK
Apr 2015

Soldering a regional platform for semiconductors

The annual Semicon event, a regional exposition of the semiconductor industry, comes to Penang.

COVER STORY
Mar 2015

Local elections as the foundation of democracy Part I: The Athi Nahappan Report revisited

As we mark the half century since the end of local government elections in Malaysia, we look back at events that led to its demise – most importantly, the Athi Nahappan Report.

VOICE IN THE CROWD
Feb 2015

No automatic new start for Penang as a city

Penang is on its way to becoming a city– again. However, this does not mean that improvements will happen overnight.

UTTER ECONOMICS
Dec 2014

Balancing the Budget – Malaysia vs Germany

Achieving a balanced budget is not impossible – just ask the Germans.

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
Nov 2014

Injecting gender into the Penang Agenda

What is Gender Responsive and Participatory Budgeting? Yasmin Bathamanathan speaks to experts in this area to find out.

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 better Malaysia?

COVER STORY
Nov 2014

A history of local elections in Penang Part I: Democracy Comes Early

Did you know that Penang had its rst show of political protest in 1800? For this month and the next, we delve into a two-part history of local elections in Penang.

FEATURE
Sep 2014

Improving medicine through trial

It's not about lab rats. As a matter of fact, rodents do not feature in clinical trials at all. Researcher Ch'ng Chin Chin speaks to experts to uncover clinical research.

VOICE IN THE CROWD
Aug 2014

Making Penang Island a city

Penang Island has the requirements to be called a city, but its residents need to be more civic conscious to earn that status.

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
Jul 2014

Social entrepreneurs: Just who are they?

They are embraced as the fourth force after the government, the private sector and the NGOs. These change

VOICE IN THE CROWD
Jun 2014

Bringing city planning up to date

Cities constantly evolve, and so must city planning in order to keep up with the trend.

SPECIAL FEATURE
May 2014

Keeping George Town’s golden goose strong and fat

Head of USM’s Sustainable Tourism Research Cluster (STRC) Prof Badaruddin Mohamed talks about capacity measures and how to make George Town's tourism sustainable.

FEATURE
Apr 2014

Beyond the MDGs

The deadline for the Millennium Development Goals is 2015. What has been accomplished so far?

VOICE IN THE CROWD
Feb 2014

Resurrecting Sungai Pinang

We need to improve our mentality for the sake of our rivers and seas.

COVER STORY
Dec 2013

Budget 2014 Changes that don't add up to a reform

The government’s spending habits have always been a major issue and this year’s budget, disappointingly, is no different.

SPECIAL FEATURE
Oct 2013

Making tourism lasting

Sustainability is an important factor when it comes to developing Penang's tourism sector.

FEATURE
Sep 2013

Housing maintenance in Penang

Housing maintenance in Penang needs some crucial restructuring and rethinking.

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

Limits to growth in Singapore?

Singapore has enjoyed strong economic growth but the government faces its toughest challenge yet.

VOICE IN THE CROWD
Jun 2013

Penang has decided – time for fulfilling the promises

Now that the Pakatan government is beginning its second term, more concerted efforts are possible in order for it to fulfil its promises.

FEATURE
May 2013

Can our economy withstand a political transition?

The question everyone wants an answer to is “If the regime does change, will our economy continue to prosper?”

STATES OF REFORM
Apr 2013

What will a second term mean for Penang and Selangor?

What policies should the Pakatan state governments focus on in their second term?

COVER STORY
Mar 2013

Malaysians Take Charge

Over the last five years Malaysia has seen much change, including a new two-party system. Ooi Kee Beng explores how social activism is changing the face of politics in the country.

UTTER ECONOMICS
Mar 2013

Surviving G4's Crisis Measures

How will the G4’s new economic policies affect Malaysia, and how can we avoid making the same mistakes?