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COVER STORY
Mar 2018

Feel the Pulse in Jelutong

This old suburb has shaken off its rough-and-tumble image, and is ready to become a dynamic township of the future.

FEATURE
May 2017

Convent Green Lane Stretches Tall Again

A new school building marks a new beginning for the institution.

UTTER ECONOMICS
Jan 2017

Budget Cuts Wounding Public Health

Medical care services and public health allocations suffered budget reductions – and we should be worried.

ODDLY ENOUGH
Dec 2016

The Budget Speech Is NOT the Budget (Part One)

When “good news” and “goodies” in Budget 2017 might all just be hot air.

FEATURE
Dec 2016

Air Itam: So Busy. So Beguiling.

The enchanting – and ever expanding – township has apace and charm of its own.

CARPE DIEM
Oct 2016

The Art of Neutering the Malaysian Parliament

The Malaysian Parliament today has been reduced to a token – and parliamentary reforms are badly needed.

COVER STORY
Aug 2016

An Arts Agenda for Penang

The state's arts scene has grown organically into a colourful, vibrant landscape. Even so, could it also benefit from the establishment of an executive agency for arts and culture?

FEATURE
Dec 2015

Who gains and who loses in Budget 2016?

From cash handouts to tax cuts, we analyse how Budget 2016 affects all tiers of household income.

FEATURE
Nov 2014

Injecting gender into the Penang Agenda

What is Gender Responsive and Participatory Budgeting? Yasmin Bathamanathan speaks to experts in this area to find out.

FEATURE
Aug 2014

Applause for the Penang budget model

Gender responsive participatory budgeting, an amalgamation of participatory budgeting and gender budgeting, has taken off in Penang to much positive feedback.

COVER STORY
Apr 2014

It’s time we got to know you, East Malaysia

Our fellow Malaysians across the sea have been kept under the surface for far too long.

VOICE IN THE CROWD
Feb 2014

Resurrecting Sungai Pinang

We need to improve our mentality for the sake of our rivers and seas.

FEATURE
Jul 2013

Electoral system – options beyond First-Past-The-Post

Exploring the variety of electoral systems currently used around the world.

STATES OF REFORM
May 2013

An Election by Manifesto

An analysis of the promises given by the Penang and Selangor state governments in their respective manifestos.

THINK TANK THOUGHTS
Mar 2013

A Fresh Paradigm for Penang

A comprehensive development agenda to transform Penang into an international and intelligent state.

STATES OF REFORM
Jan 2013

State budgets 2013: The Last For Now

A report card on the Selangor and Penang Pakatan state governments’ final budgets of their first five-year term in power.

STATES OF REFORM
Oct 2012

Malaysia Education Blueprint: Weighing Unity Against Diversity

What role will diversity play in Malaysia's education system?

STATES OF REFORM
Aug 2012

Not Easy Housing Malaysians

Affordable housing will no doubt be a hot issue come election time.

STATES OF REFORM
Dec 2011

What Do The State Budgets of Penang and Selangor Tell Us?

Tricia Yeoh takes a closer look at the Penang and Selangor state budgets.

COVER STORY
Nov 2011

Alive But Not Well, The State of Penang's SMEs

Even in today’s industrial climate, Penang’s SMEs can compete with the multinationals in the innovation arena, provided all the players do what they need to do.

STATES OF REFORM
Nov 2011

What’s in the budget for state governments?

The National Budget 2012 has come and gone. What’s left for Penang and Selangor?

FEATURE
Oct 2011

MPSP 2012: A Good Deficit Budget

The Seberang Perai Municipal Council is making history with the introduction of its 2012 budget.

VOICE IN THE CROWD
Jun 2011

The State Should Repaint All Low Cost Flats

While subsidising the repainting of low cost flats will improve living conditions, differentiating between these flats based on who built them will dampen these efforts.

FEATURE
Apr 2011

The Vast Potential of Gender Responsive Budgeting

Gender responsive budgeting is a considerable asset in allowing us to appreciate each person’s contribution to economic and social development.

FEATURE
Mar 2011

Malaysia needs an equitable healthcare system

Toh Kin Woon talks about whether the increasing privatisation of health services is desirable, and how Malaysia’s healthcare system can be made more equitable.

FEATURE
Jan 2011

A-G’s report on Penang’s financial status Positive feedback with some concerns

PEM analyses the Auditor-General's report on Penang's fi nances, and though it's mostly good news, there are still areas that need improving.

STATES OF REFORM
Dec 2010

Comparing The State Budgets of Penang and Selangor

The Penang and Selangor state governments have recently tabled their budgets. Tricia Yeoh takes a look at them.

COVER STORY
Aug 2010

Penang's Place in the 10mp

The 10th Malaysia Plan is out. PEM Economics Editor Chan Huan Chiang takes a close look at the plan, and what it means for Penang's future.

COVER STORY
Dec 2009

Penang Finance:Strong Roots, Stunted Growth

Last year’s general election results led to initial optimism that the traditional federal bullying of dissident states would no longer work. However, an analysis of Penang’s financial records reveals that the optimism is misplaced.

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