The Common Good in Penang's Progress

By Chan Huan Chiang

March 2012 COVER STORY
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Our old concept of the public sector supplying basic amenities no longer holds, since the private sector now does a lot of what local authorities used to do. However, development that merely profits the developer and satisfies the consumer but does not contribute to the common good cannot really be called development.Is development good or bad?Private development, we are seeing with increased intensity in Penang, is actually a deal made between private business and its customers. Basically, it is a...

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Chan Huan Chiang

is a senior research fellow at the Penang Institute.