Recognising Penang’s Inherent Cosmopolitanism

By Abdur-Razzaq Lubis

December 2010 FEATURE
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Undoubtedly, Malaysia’s nation-building concerns have been overshadowing Penang’s inherent cosmopolitanism. This process is so intrusive that even the resistance to it tends to simplify the very cultural diversity it seeks to defend. But since regionalism is the future, there is hope for Penang. It can definitely draw future benefits from its past regionalism.Penang is a given regional hub. It is located in such a way that it has acted as the cultural and economic centre for not only northern Malaysia...

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Abdur-Razzaq Lubis

is a writer and the Malaysia and Singapore representative to the Mandailing All Clans Assembly.