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This old suburb has shaken off its rough-and-tumble image, and is ready to become a dynamic township of the future.
Socio-economic considerations should decide public policies and public discourses – not identity.
Do you Facebook? Find out how Penang folks use social media.
Malaysians should dare to campaign for change.
Private museums offer an extra dimension to experiencing Penang’s history and heritage.
A statistical look at the country's laws and constitution.
Heads up, kids – applications for the Penang Future Foundation are open.
Our society is ill-equipped to understand and react to mental health disorders – sometimes at a great cost.
The inspirational story of the South African former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.
Langkawi-based writer, translator and publisher Jérôme Bouchaud reveals his literary journey.
Roja is not your average woman. This is her story.
The enchanting – and ever expanding – township has apace and charm of its own.
Literary translators connect cultures from different parts of the globe, and Penang's role in the history of the art is by no means insignificant
While our schools may be found lacking when it comes to science and tech education, several impassioned groups in Penang are working hard to create a vibrant landscape with STEM programmes and cool equipment open to kids from all walks of life.
Prangin Market, Chowrasta Market and Campbell Street Market have been the hubs of trade on the island for over a century.
Excessive preoccupation with the hudud agenda at the expense of the greater objectives of Islam is perilous.
A hike across Pulau Jerejak reveals remnants of the past.
The hudud issue arises again – and we must address it with greater urgency.
The best solutions are those which are able to deal with the smallest of issues.
Tan Twan Eng writes about his experience participating in literary festivals – and their importance.
Striking the right balance is key to success for George Town’s tourism.
What happens when people cease to consider the moral implications of what they do?
From the inside of a Burmese jail to the Thai-Cambodian border at the height of its tragedy in the 1970s, Kim Gooi has seen a lot.
Ch'ng Chin Chin explores Malaysia's animation industry by talking to the experts.
Is the convoluted process, along with unequal policies, hindering the growth of our higher education institutes?
Paris-based Penangite Bram Tan explores the identity behind Charlie, in the aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo shooting.
From urban crime to science fiction, local independent publisher Fixi is bringing sexy back in books.
Ubiquitous in many Malaysian cities and towns, the Tamil barbershop is where folks of all races gather for their haircuts,and a piece of life.
Penang is not immune to human trafficking, but there are dedicated people involved in trying to eradicate this vice.
The practices and culture of the Royal Malaysian Police often reveal the trademarks of a regime police – a police that answers to the government in power.
A large number of Sabah’s inhabitants are saddled with a complicated legal status. They have been tolerated by locals albeit with some disdain, but of late, tension has been mounting.
Malaysia recently slipped down to Tier 3 on the US Department of State’s Trafficking in Persons Report. How much do you know about this crime, and are you inadvertently buying slavery?
Different spaces mean different things for the folks of George Town. Penang Institute sets out to discover the nooks and crannies of the city in its “My George Town” project.
Founder and president of the Cordoba Foundation Dr Anas Al-Tikriti explains how yesterday’s conjured narratives have become the reality of today.
Punkhead Marco Ferrarese reviews homegrown melodic death metal band NonserviaM's debut album, A Spectral Ascension.
To accompany our cover story, here are some numbers on Penang.