Penang – A Rice Bowl State under Threat?

By Stephanie Kee

January 2018 FEATURE
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Paddy field at Bukit Merah, Permatang Pauh.
With the state’s economic development remaining broad, closer balancing of land use becomes more critical.Seberang Perai has undergone much urbanisation over the last decade. This has led to concerns over land use: warehouses, industrial plants and housing have risen up in the municipality’s landscape, replacing its sprawling paddy fields. As land cost at designated industrial townships such as Perai, Bukit Mertajam and Nibong Tebal rises, cheaper farmland at the fringes become the next best option for expansion.However, even with this...

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Stephanie Kee

Going against the grain, Stephanie Kee moved from bustling KL to laid-back Penang, where the "creative pulse" is said to be. With no prior background in the arts, she dove headfirst into exploring the complexities of a flourishing local arts scene, only to discover there’s more to Penang than meets the eye.