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FEATURE
Sep 2017

George Town’s Diversity Safeguards its Religious Harmony

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

PENANG PALETTE
Aug 2017

Remembering Tan Choon Ghee in Ink and Watercolour

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

PHOTO ESSAY
Jul 2017

Historical Heights of Penang

Towering over small and mighty are the sentinels of the skies.

FEATURE
Jul 2017

Much to Learn on this Walk in the Forest

Canopy walkways allow visitors to enjoy Air Hitam Dalam's enthralling sights.

FEATURE
Mar 2017

Managing Changes in Tanjung Tokong

Folks at Kampung Tanjung Tokong take the changing landscape in their stride.

FEATURE
Feb 2017

A Model Village that Stays Vibrant

The communal spirit of Kampung Seronok makes it a truly fun place to be.

FEATURE
Jan 2017

Penang Malays: Icons of Reform and Tolerance

Malay-Muslims in Penang make up a colourful, progressive community.

FEATURE
Dec 2016

Air Itam: So Busy. So Beguiling.

The enchanting – and ever expanding – township has apace and charm of its own.

FEATURE
Dec 2016

Kampung Melayu – Preserving Tradition amid Change

The historic village straddles the modern and the archaic.

PEAKS AND PARKS
Aug 2016

On the Isle of Outcasts

A hike across Pulau Jerejak reveals remnants of the past.

WINDOW INTO HISTORY
Jul 2016

The Tongkang – Symbol of the Entrepot Age

Once an iconic figure during Penang Harbour’s heyday,discover the crucial role of the lighters that shuttled between massive hulking cargo ships and the port.

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.

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.

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
Dec 2015

Calmness caught in epic colours

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

STREETS OF GEORGE TOWN
Apr 2015

A walk on the Cheapside

Lorong Cheapside is a treasure trove for hardware and DIY enthusiasts, and a lingering reminder of George Town's working class days.

FEATURE
Nov 2014

Indonesian responses to the IS challenge

The world's most populous Muslim- majority country tackles the IS threat.

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?

FEATURE
Aug 2014

Heritage kept right

Heritage is not only about preserving an old building's infrastructure. It's also about preserving the intangibles.

COVER STORY
Aug 2014

My Oh My George Town! Public spaces need publicity – and polish

Different spaces mean different things for the folks of George Town. Penang Institute sets out to discover the nooks and crannies of the city in its “My George Town” project.

FEATURE
Aug 2014

It begins with the narrative...

Founder and president of the Cordoba Foundation Dr Anas Al-Tikriti explains how yesterday’s conjured narratives have become the reality of today.

FEATURE
Jun 2014

Mustafa Akyol: A Muslim case for liberty

Altaf Deviyati discusses liberalism in Islam with Mustafa Akyol, prominent Turkish writer and journalist.

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.

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.

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?

TALK-TALK ONLY
Aug 2012

At 55, Malaysians should take charge of their own fate

Kee Thuan Chye says it's time to take stock of where we are and how much further we have to go.

PENANG PALETTE
Mar 2012

Penang – a home for Malay artists

Penang has been home to some of the most compelling Malay artists in the country.

SPECIAL FEATURE
Feb 2012

Doctors made in Malaysia

The Allianze University College of Medical Sciences aims to locally produce world-class medical professionals.

PENANG PALETTE
Dec 2011

Bringing brilliance to heritage buildings

New art spaces are popping up in Penang, but can the state take advantage of this energy?

FEATURE
Nov 2011

Freedoms we take for granted

Faith Watson takes a trip from Penang to Bangladesh and discovers that it can be easier to feel at home in one place than another.

FEATURE
Oct 2011

Chinese and Muslim societies as natural allies

In late 19th century cosmopolitan Penang, Muslim and Chinese societies rose above racial and cultural differences to work together.

PENANG NEWS
Jul 2011

Penang News

Highlights of what’s been happening the past month.

STATES OF REFORM
Jul 2011

Local democracy alive and kicking in Pakatan states

The Pakatan Rakyat governments are determined to push ahead with local elections, with or without federal help.

FEATURE
May 2011

Muslim mercantile activities in George Town before the Second World War

Mahani Musa takes us back to a time when Muslim trade was at its most vibrant.

PENANG PALETTE
Mar 2011

Being a part of what you paint

We pay tribute to the memory of one of Penang’s greatest heritage artists.

COVER STORY
Feb 2011

Life on the List

Two and a half years after its entry into the World Heritage List, PEM takes a look at how much George Town has changed, and what more needs doing.

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.

STATES OF REFORM
Dec 2010

Comparing the state budgets of Penang and Selangor

The Penang and Selangor state governments have recently tabled their budgets. Tricia Yeoh takes a look at them.

STATES OF REFORM
Oct 2010

Islamic matters in Pakatan states

Everything gets politicised in Malaysia, and religion is no exception.

HISTORY TODAY
Oct 2010

Penang’s vanished spot on the pilgrim route

Until the 1970s, Penang had been the hub for haj pilgrimage in the region.

FEATURE
Aug 2010

The 1867 Penang riots

Tensions between Penang's secret societies finally reached the boiling point, and chaos reigned on the island.

FEATURE
May 2010

The Prince of Wales Island Gazette

Introducing the first ever newspaper to be published in South-East Asia.

COVER STORY
Apr 2010

Taking tourism to the next level

Several of Penang’s key tourism players tell Penang Economic Monthly why they’re so optimistic about the future.