George Town as an engine of growth

By Goh Ban Lee

December 2009 VOICE IN THE CROWD
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Modern times are nothing if not the age of cities. This is a time when cities compete with each other, and Penang is not exempted. But although it has more advantages and more resources than most secondary cities in the region, to succeed, it needs vision and leadership.UNTIL as late as the 1990s, cities were largely associated with pollution and congestion. Worse, they were seen as crucibles of moral decay and crime. Those who could choose where to stay, meaning...

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Goh Ban Lee

is a senior research fellow in the Penang Institute.