Penang – Cultural Capital

By Dato' Dr. Ooi Kee Beng

February 2011 EDITORIAL
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The Unesco’s decision to put Penang jointly with Malacca on its World Heritage List two years ago signifi ed a few fascinating things. For one thing, it was of course a satisfying triumph for the many ngo activists in Penang who had been patiently pushing for that status for years. Secondly, the listing of the two port-towns marks the acknowledgement of the uniqueness not only of the history of these two human sett lements but of the Straits of Malacca...

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Dato' Dr. Ooi Kee Beng

is the Executive Director of Penang Institute. His latest book is Signals in the Noise: Notes on Penang, Malaysia and the World (Singapore: Faction Press) Homepage: