A dream for Penang

loading From left: The Galeri Seni Mutiara, next to Sun Yet Sen's Penang Base; inside the Galeri Seni Mutiara; the OHL Gallery in New World Park, Penang; the Esplanade, Singapore.
Rafe Boon, Ben Wismen, Ooi Ke Beng

Where we once compared nations, we must now compare cities. Penang can exude vibrant culture if we all first envisage our dream, and then take the necessary steps to realise that. Along the way, let's not let political considerations thwart the project.

I HAVE A DREAM. That one day Penang will become a cultural hub and that it will not only be one for the Malaysian north but for the region as well.

I have a dream that the arts and culture of Penang — and Malaysia as a whole — will flourish out of the many activities that will emanate from this hub.

I have a dream that Penang will develop a sophisticated infrastructure to facilitate the blossoming of our country's arts and culture.

Can we realise such a dream?

Let's look at Singapore. At the turn of the millennium, it came up with a holistic plan to develop a new growth sector — the creative industries — to help transform the country's economy.

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