Penang's Place in the 10mp


Active local governance needed more than ever

The 10th Malaysia Plan is now announced. Analysts have generally found it wanting in detailed information. More importantly, it marks a break from the past with its greater focus on corridor development. The principle of "balanced growth" is gone. Given this scenario, Penang must rely on democracy as a growth strategy.

EVERY FIVE YEARS the government introduces its five-year development plan, which is in essence a fiscal allocation plan informing the people why and where public monies are to be spent in pursuit of the nation's development goals.

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