Local Democracy Awaits a Resurrection

By Joshua Wong

November 2016 FEATURE
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The Penang Town Hall and City Hall in the background.
The end of local elections in Penang signalled the thorough centralisation of power that was to come.Penang is a state with a vibrant history of local government. It was the first state on the peninsula to hold local elections, and had one of the most developed, autonomous and powerful local authorities in the country: the George Town city council.Unfortunately, local democracy was short-lived. This year marks both the 65th anniversary of the first local elections in Penang as well as...

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Joshua Wong

A proud Penangite, Joshua Wong is currently studying Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Yale-NUS College in Singapore. He has a keen interest in both history and writing.