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FEATURE
Oct 2017

Malaysia: Absolutely a Secular State

According to the Constitution, Malaysia is a secular state. But this notion is lost on many.

FEATURE
Sep 2017

Why Do Films Fail in Depicting Malaysian Life?

Restrictions, red tape, production costs – Malaysia's mainstream films are gelded.

WINDOW INTO HISTORY
Aug 2017

A History of the Malay Left: Part One

Distrust, fear, resentment – these gave rise to the Left.

FEATURE
Aug 2017

Time to Respect the Original Peoples

Too often are they neglected – and exploited for their lands.

PENANG ECONOMIC INDICATOR
Jul 2017

Low Unemployment in Penang for Now

The recruitment market is expected to grow moderately in the second half of 2017.

FEATURE
Mar 2017

Helping Asean Friends in Need

The spirit of Asean solidarity during times of crisis.

UTTER ECONOMICS
Feb 2017

Fintech: A New Frontier in Finance

Innovations in financial technology are here to stay.

FOOTPRINTS
Jan 2017

Imagined Communities, Real Women

Captivating stories of Malaysian women in history are gradually being told.

WINDOW INTO HISTORY
Dec 2016

Chung Ling: Tolling to Inspire the Young

The need for education among the local Chinese inspired the founding of this renowned school.

COVER STORY
Dec 2016

Why Change Has Not Been Possible

Malaysian politics is stuck in quicksand, and if we don’t construct an entirely new model soon to replace it, the future will be dire.

COVER STORY
Nov 2016

Halal: An Industry with a Bright Future

With an international market worth trillions of dollars, Penang is actively tapping into the highly lucrative halal business. But as with any thriving industry, it is not without its own unique set of challenges.

WINDOW INTO HISTORY
Sep 2016

Penang: The Rebel State (Part One)

Discontent with the Federation of Malaya led the Straits Chinese elite of Penang to begin a push towards secession.

CARPE DIEM
Sep 2016

Meaningless to Have Syariah Laws without Maqasid Syariah

Excessive preoccupation with the hudud agenda at the expense of the greater objectives of Islam is perilous.

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?

COVER STORY
May 2016

A City For All Classes

Liveability is more than just making it to the top of a list; it is about ensuring quality of life is available to every spectrum of society.

FEATURE
May 2016

New Cycling Lanes are Changing the Penang Experience

One can cycle from George Town to Batu Maung – comfortably!

FEATURE
Mar 2016

A Market Made Marketable

Once physically shoddy, now safe – the Pulau Tikus Market.

COVER STORY
Sep 2015

Putting Pulau Tikus on the map

Rich in history and rich in culture, this beloved township is drawing more attention than ever before.

FEATURE
Sep 2015

A balanced society? The planning must start now

It's time to talk about the future of planning in Penang.

COVER STORY
Aug 2015

RIDING THE TECH TIGER

Penang invests in people taking risks in the region’s newest industry

FEATURE
May 2015

Penang able to handle the heat

What are Penang's successful private education institutions doing right?

FEATURE
Mar 2015

The costs of inequality: Not just a case of “poor envy”

Most would agree that the income gap is worsening in Malaysia and begs addressing. It is time we gauge how this hurts the country in concrete terms.

FEATURE
Mar 2015

Capitalising on innovation

Economic growth through innovation is one thing. Growth sustainability is something else.

PENANG ECONOMIC OUTLOOK
Jan 2015

Manufacturing in Penang: onwards and upwards

A slew of investments has Penang's manufacturing sector looking peachy, but strategic investments are required if local companies are to stay ahead.

COVER STORY
Jan 2015

A city’s status and its civil society

The doggedness of Penang NGOs, from classic Chinese kongsi and Indian leagues to contemporary consumers' associations and heritage trusts, in devoting themselves to their individual causes, gives rise to a robust civil society that sets the city apart.

FEATURE
Dec 2014

Does the AEC spell open season for skilled workers?

Is the Asean Economic Community (AEC) as good as it sounds?

UTTER ECONOMICS
Nov 2014

Malaysian bank giants merging?

What might happen when CIMB Group Holdings Bhd, RHB Capital Bhd and Malaysia Building Society Bhd merge? The answer could be the biggest bank in Malaysia with a whopping US$200bil worth of assets.

PERSPECTIVES
Oct 2014

No nuclear power please, we are Malaysians

While many governments are moving towards renewable energy sources, Malaysia seems bent on going nuclear.

FEATURE
Sep 2014

Improving medicine through trial

It's not about lab rats. As a matter of fact, rodents do not feature in clinical trials at all. Researcher Ch'ng Chin Chin speaks to experts to uncover clinical research.

COVER STORY
Aug 2014

My Oh My George Town! Public spaces need publicity – and polish

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.

FEATURE
Jul 2014

Social entrepreneurs: Just who are they?

They are embraced as the fourth force after the government, the private sector and the NGOs. These change

FEATURE
May 2014

21st Century PAS

Contemporary PAS toes the line between conservatism and progressiveness.

UTTER ECONOMICS
May 2014

Managing bubble economies

We chat with Prof Kiyohiko Nishimura about bubble economies, quantitative easing and Abenomics.

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