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FEATURE
Oct 2017

The Waterman of Penang

Kam U-Tee toiled to bring water to all at an affordable price.

PENANG PALETTE
Mar 2017

Art Fairs Faring Fairly Well

Despite economic headwinds, Art Stage Singapore 2017 was a subdued success.

WINDOW INTO HISTORY
Feb 2017

The Dawn of Higher Education in Malaysia

It was no easy matter pushing for tertiary-level education in colonial Malaya.

WINDOW INTO HISTORY
Jan 2017

Account of an Early Transit in Penang

What was Penang like at the close of the eighteenth century?

FEATURE
Dec 2016

The Word and the World (Part Two)

Post World War II Malaysia – including Penang – bursts with literary work.

WINDOW INTO HISTORY
Nov 2016

A Short History of Penang’s Malay Publishing Industry

The printing presses in Penang have been humming for over two centuries.

FEATURE
Nov 2016

The Word and the World(Part One)

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

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.

FOOTPRINTS
Jun 2016

The 2008 Revolution Continues to Bear Unforeseen Fruits

A plucky entrepreneur returns post-12th General Elections to shake up the indie movement.

WINDOW INTO HISTORY
Apr 2016

A History of an Icon

Penang Monthly traces the beginnings and rise of the Chinese Recreation Club.

FEATURE
Oct 2015

An indie protest

Art, debate, lectures and charades. Bersih 4 was much more than just a protest.

PENANG PALETTE
Dec 2014

The difficult art of raising artists

With the recent reunion of staff and students of the Kuala Lumpur College of Art, which closed down in 2002, Ooi Kok Chuen examines the realities of art education in Malaysia.

COVER STORY
Sep 2014

Making federalism REAL

If we can strike the right balance with federalism, we may just be able to strengthen Malaysia. But where and how should we start?

WINDOW INTO HISTORY
Sep 2014

When Penang became a Spice Island

Nutmegs and cloves were once worth more than their weight in gold, and so Penang got on the bandwagon.

FEATURE
Jun 2014

Crowdfunding: Leveraging the power of people, the Internet and social media

With the Internet and social media, crowdfunding has gained leverage as a feasible and important financial source.

PERSPECTIVES
May 2014

Malaysia’s music industry – Let’s make it real

How can an artist benefit the Malaysian economy? Ksatriya discusses.

FEATURE
Sep 2013

Bahasa Indonesia championed by Chinese

Why did Indonesia end up adopting a language primarily used by Chinese traders as its national language?

FEATURE
Jun 2013

An independent music scene for Penang

IndiePG looks to create new platforms for creative music here in Penang.

PENANG PALETTE
Oct 2012

Art Auctions are the New Stock Market

2012 is a banner year for art auctions in Malaysia.

PENANG PALETTE
Jan 2012

PENANGPAC-The Latester Venture by Faritah and Joe

The theatre scene comes back to life with the opening of the Performing Arts Centre of Penang.

FEATURE
May 2011

Rocking For Our Rights

In April, a group of talented and politically-conscious musicians got together to spread the word on what our rights really are.

WINDOW INTO HISTORY
Mar 2011

The enchanting hill of early Penang

A letter written in 1824 shows how a visit to Penang Hill helped lift a man’s spirits.

HISTORY TODAY
Oct 2010

Penang’s vanished spot on the pilgrim route

Until the 1970s, Penang had been the hub for haj pilgrimage in the region.

PENANG PALETTE
Oct 2010

New life for old masters?

There is still value to be found in the works of art’s old masters.

FEATURE
Jul 2010

Baba Nyonya culture in Penang and Phuket

We explore the cultural similarities and rapport between Penang and Phuket.

FEATURE
Mar 2010

The short but significant story of the Khean Guan Insurance Company

We look back on the first non-Western insurance enterprise in South-East Asia.

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