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COVER STORY
Jan 2018

Embracing A.I.

Growth may await Penang in the short term, but adapting to Industry 4.0 has to happen now.

COVER STORY
Aug 2017

The Story of Malaysia through its Constitution

The Constitution today is no longer what it was. To fix Malaysia, we need to fix its laws.

COVER STORY
Jul 2017

AFLOAT AND AGILE: Its Broad Base Bodes Well for Penang’s Economy

While global developments present a challenge, local innovations keep the state in the black.

FEATURE
Mar 2017

Managing Changes in Tanjung Tokong

Folks at Kampung Tanjung Tokong take the changing landscape in their stride.

COVER STORY
Jan 2017

Will 2017 Crow or Croak?

Global developments expose Malaysia and Penang's economies to uncertainties.

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.

FEATURE
Nov 2016

Local Democracy Awaits a Resurrection

It has been 45 years since the death knell rang for local elections in Penang.

FEATURE
Nov 2016

A Return to Real Democracy

The restoration of local elections will ensure that our democracy can finally blossom.

WINDOW INTO HISTORY
Oct 2016

Penang: The Rebel State (Part Two)

Penang's secessionist movement lasted three years, from 1948 to 1951, before losing steam.

FEATURE
Sep 2016

Three Historical Markets of George Town

Prangin Market, Chowrasta Market and Campbell Street Market have been the hubs of trade on the island for over a century.

FEATURE
Aug 2016

Three Who Found the Call of Music Irresistible

Turning one’s passion into a career is a bold step few of us dare take.

FEATURE
Oct 2015

A right time for novel fashion, retail and architecture

Gurney Paragon Mall is home to retail and F&B, as well as culture and heritage.

FEATURE
Sep 2015

Novel businesses on the block

We take a look at the new businesses in Pulau Tikus and find out how they keep up with the competition.

FEATURE
May 2015

Federalism arrested

The consequences of an overly centralised state are alarming.

COVER STORY
Apr 2015

The Athi Nahappan Report revisited Part 2: Local elections are part of a larger reform agenda

In the second part of our cover story on local elections, we examine what the Athi Nahappan Report further recommends.

COVER STORY
Mar 2015

Local elections as the foundation of democracy Part I: The Athi Nahappan Report revisited

As we mark the half century since the end of local government elections in Malaysia, we look back at events that led to its demise – most importantly, the Athi Nahappan Report.

FEATURE
Feb 2015

Making movies of the people, by the people and for the people

Kickstarting 2015 is a new experimental project by cinematographer and Tropfest South East Asia judge Christopher Doyle and upcoming director Jenny Suen.

FEATURE
Feb 2015

Assorted measures needed to empower women

Women representation in positions of power in Malaysia is still dismal. Would gender quotas help eliminate this stagnation?

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.

WINDOW INTO HISTORY
Jan 2015

George Town – From city to municipality to culture centre

George Town was Malaya's first city – and its only city until 1972. We examine the significance of this status, and its impact on recent times.

COVER STORY
Dec 2014

A history of local elections in Penang Part II: A legacy to protect

Turmoil in the 1960s spelled the end of local government elections in Penang, and throughout a fledgling Malaysia. Find out more about what transpired in the second part of our two-parter on local elections.

COVER STORY
Nov 2014

A history of local elections in Penang Part I: Democracy Comes Early

Did you know that Penang had its rst show of political protest in 1800? For this month and the next, we delve into a two-part history of local elections in Penang.

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?

FOOTPRINTS
Jul 2014

Talk about elections being local!

With low-level neighbourhood elections, democracy is not confined to just voting once every five years.

WINDOW INTO HISTORY
Apr 2014

When Labour ruled the council

The Labour Party’s rise and fall in George Town's municipal council is worth some retrospection.

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.

FEATURE
Mar 2014

The rise of Islamist conservatism in malaysia

Islam's evolution and future – what's in store for Malaysians?

VOICE IN THE CROWD
Feb 2014

Resurrecting Sungai Pinang

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

COVER STORY
Jan 2014

Penang in 2014: trends and forecasts

What's Penang's outlook in the face of global change? Penang Monthly provides a 17-page analysis.

ALL OVER THE PLACE
Nov 2013

What East Malaysians Care About

Winning rural East Malaysians over requires more than just handouts – it's about knowing what they need.

WINDOW INTO HISTORY
Oct 2013

The first and forgotten Chief Minister of Penang

Reintroducing Wong Pow Nee, the man who paved the way for Penang's industrial success.

TALK-TALK ONLY
Sep 2013

English is vital to Vision 2020

Languages in schools is a divisive issue, but that doesn't change the fact that English is crucial to development.

PENANG PALETTE
Sep 2013

Culture in the centre: Arts-ED makes full use of our heritage

In George Town, Arts-ED is leading the charge in sustaining the city's tangible and intangible heritage.

COVER STORY
Aug 2013

Catching the East Asian wind

The inaugural Penang Economic Conference takes a look at the region’s global economical potential and challenges that come with progress.

ALL OVER THE PLACE
Aug 2013

Malaysian democracy is not lost

GE13 has proven that predicting elections by gauging racial issues is no longer a reliable method.

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