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The soul of Malaysia has been under attack for decades.
According to the Constitution, Malaysia is a secular state. But this notion is lost on many.
The rise and fall of the Malay left.
A statistical look at the country's laws and constitution.
The Constitution today is no longer what it was. To fix Malaysia, we need to fix its laws.
It was no easy matter pushing for tertiary-level education in colonial Malaya.
Malay-Muslims in Penang make up a colourful, progressive community.
It has been 45 years since the death knell rang for local elections in Penang.
Penang's secessionist movement lasted three years, from 1948 to 1951, before losing steam.
Discontent with the Federation of Malaya led the Straits Chinese elite of Penang to begin a push towards secession.
Did you know that the popular promenade was almost renamed “Pantai Merdeka”?
The degeneration of the country's tripartite structure.
Once an iconic figure during Penang Harbour’s heyday,discover the crucial role of the lighters that shuttled between massive hulking cargo ships and the port.
Cheerful, witty and bold – that's what editor Ooi Kee Beng has to say about Azmi Sharom's Brave New World.
To gain a fuller insight into Malaysia’s attainment of independence, we need to look at the adjacent puzzle pieces as well.
The consequences of an overly centralised state are alarming.
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.
Women representation in positions of power in Malaysia is still dismal. Would gender quotas help eliminate this stagnation?
With 258 selected works and some 57 years of toil, artist Choong Kam Kow is finally getting his hugely deserved moment.
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.
A highly centralised government has certain drawbacks, but can decentralising the management of public goods result in a better Malaysia?
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.
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.
If we can strike the right balance with federalism, we may just be able to strengthen Malaysia. But where and how should we start?
For almost two months in 1967, Penang was in a state of near-anarchy. What happened, and how did things get to that point?
The Labour Party’s rise and fall in George Town's municipal council is worth some retrospection.
Our fellow Malaysians across the sea have been kept under the surface for far too long.
Malaysia is 50 years old. It's time for us to re-examine what our federalism means.
A look at changes brought about by GE13.
Over the last five years Malaysia has seen much change, including a new two-party system. Ooi Kee Beng explores how social activism is changing the face of politics in the country.
An in-depth look at Umno’s past, present and future.
Malaysia's present healthcare system is unsustainable, argues Tricia Yeoh.
The Penang Institute hosted its annual flagship event, the Post Budget Dialogue.
On December 1, 1951, Penang made history by holding its first ever municipal election.
The implementation of minimum wage may not have much of an impact on income distribution, but are wages reflecting productivity?
The peace talks between the communists and the government were doomed from the start.
With Malaya’s independence just around the corner, Kedah wanted Penang back.
In the past, Penang and Malaysia benefited from a booming coconut industry.
George Town commemorates its city status.