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FEATURE
Dec 2017

The Warung – A Pit Stop for Refreshment and Some Culture

Teh tarik satu, and one political debate coming right up.

ODDLY ENOUGH
Dec 2017

Food and Politics

What has food got to do with politics?

FEATURE
Dec 2017

Slow Food is Good Food

The farm-to-table concept is taking off in Penang.

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.

ODDLY ENOUGH
Oct 2017

Imagine Malaysia Anew!

Malaysians should dare to campaign for change.

FEATURE
Oct 2017

Malaysia: Absolutely a Secular State

According to the Constitution, Malaysia is a secular state. But this notion is lost on many.

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
Oct 2017

Between Fact and Fiction

Mei Fong and Zen Cho make reverberating impacts in their respective genres.

CARPE DIEM
Sep 2017

Bangsa Malaysia – A Dream Worth Fighting For

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

WINDOW INTO HISTORY
Sep 2017

Women Against the Flow

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

FEATURE
Sep 2017

George Town’s Diversity Safeguards its Religious Harmony

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

FEATURE
Sep 2017

Why Do Films Fail in Depicting Malaysian Life?

Restrictions, red tape, production costs – Malaysia's mainstream films are gelded.

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.

TURNING POINTS
Aug 2017

The Day Pakatan Harapan Found its Footing

The die is cast; they are ready. Are Malaysians?

BOOK REVIEW
Aug 2017

An Ultimate Reference Guide to Penang Hill

A bookish journey through the quaint and colourful history of the Hill.

WINDOW INTO HISTORY
Aug 2017

A History of the Malay Left: Part One

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

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.

FEATURE
Aug 2017

Time to Respect the Original Peoples

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

BOOK REVIEW
Jul 2017

A Convincing Case for Farquhar

Nadia Wright’s book continues the historical battle between the Farquhar and Raffles camps.

ODDLY ENOUGH
May 2017

Understand That Your Wisdom May be Worthless…

We need to safeguard ourselves against the onslaught of “alternative facts”.

FEATURE
May 2017

Dialogue with a KL cabbie

Editor Ooi Kee Beng has an enlightening conversation on politics and religion.

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.

PENANG PALETTE
Mar 2017

Art Fairs Faring Fairly Well

Despite economic headwinds, Art Stage Singapore 2017 was a subdued success.

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.

PHOTO ESSAY
Jan 2017

The Think Tank Turns Twenty

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

FEATURE
Jan 2017

Penang Malays: Icons of Reform and Tolerance

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