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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.

CARPE DIEM
Sep 2017

Bangsa Malaysia – A Dream Worth Fighting For

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

FEATURE
Sep 2017

Why Do Films Fail in Depicting Malaysian Life?

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

WINDOW INTO HISTORY
Sep 2017

Women Against the Flow

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

TURNING POINTS
Aug 2017

The Day Pakatan Harapan Found its Footing

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

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.

BOOK REVIEW
Aug 2017

An Ultimate Reference Guide to Penang Hill

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

FEATURE
Aug 2017

Time to Respect the Original Peoples

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

WINDOW INTO HISTORY
Aug 2017

A History of the Malay Left: Part One

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

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.

BOOK REVIEW
Jul 2017

A Convincing Case for Farquhar

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

FEATURE
May 2017

Dialogue with a KL cabbie

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

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

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.

CARPE DIEM
Jan 2017

Politics is in the Blood of the Young

With 72% of the population under 40, Malaysia's youths have a huge role to play.

REVIEW
Jan 2017

The Enemy that is Ourselves

A review of Zairil Khir Johari's book – a compilation of his thought-provoking essays.

FEATURE
Jan 2017

Penang Malays: Icons of Reform and Tolerance

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

COVER STORY
Dec 2016

Why Change Has Not Been Possible

Malaysian politics is stuck in quicksand, and if we don’t construct an entirely new model soon to replace it, the future will be dire.

UTTER ECONOMICS
Dec 2016

A Budget with Dubious Benefits

Looking past the handouts, we see a bleak reality.

FEATURE
Dec 2016

The Word and the World (Part Two)

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

FOOTPRINTS
Dec 2016

Adapting Art to Tell Stories of Sabah

Artistic minds create surprising ways of moulding traditional elements with trendy streetwear.

FEATURE
Nov 2016

Local Democracy Awaits a Resurrection

It has been 45 years since the death knell rang for local elections in Penang.

FEATURE
Nov 2016

A Return to Real Democracy

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

PROFILE
Nov 2016

With Enough Optimism, Success Will Come

Datuk Abdul Malik Abul Kassim has had his share of ups and downs in life, but sheer tenacity continues to pull him through.

FEATURE
Nov 2016

The Word and the World(Part One)

Literary translators connect cultures from different parts of the globe, and Penang's role in the history of the art is by no means insignificant

WINDOW INTO HISTORY
Oct 2016

Penang: The Rebel State (Part Two)

Penang's secessionist movement lasted three years, from 1948 to 1951, before losing steam.

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
Sep 2016

The Kopitiam – Where Cultures Congregate

By serving halal fare, two coffee shops on the mainland prove that food unites.

CARPE DIEM
Sep 2016

Meaningless to Have Syariah Laws without Maqasid Syariah

Excessive preoccupation with the hudud agenda at the expense of the greater objectives of Islam is perilous.

PROFILE
Jun 2016

Mahathir: “People must be able to hold their heads up.”

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad talks about what motivates him in an exclusive interview.

PHOTO ESSAY
Jun 2016

Balik Pulau: A Pace Apart

Forty-five minutes from George Town, life moves at a different stride.

FOOTPRINTS
Jun 2016

The 2008 Revolution Continues to Bear Unforeseen Fruits

A plucky entrepreneur returns post-12th General Elections to shake up the indie movement.

FEATURE
May 2016

The Kopitiam– The Hearths Of Penang

It’s the camaraderie that comes with the coffee.

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.

ODDLY ENOUGH
Apr 2016

Selfie Politics: Perhaps We Need Superheroes After All

The best solutions are those which are able to deal with the smallest of issues.

PROFILE
Apr 2016

Pondering Malaysia’s Complex Society

One man takes up the task of delving into the intersections between Malaysian society and an increasingly globalised world.

UTTER ECONOMICS
Apr 2016

Things to Consider when Choosing a Governor for Bank Negara Malaysia

We shed light on global best practices for selecting a central bank governor.

FEATURE
Apr 2016

Making Extreme Sports Common

Penang's adrenaline junkies thrive in action sports.