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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.

ODDLY ENOUGH
Dec 2017

Food and Politics

What has food got to do with politics?

STATISTICS
Dec 2017

Our Food Draws the Crowd!

A glance at gastronomic figures.

CARPE DIEM
Sep 2017

Bangsa Malaysia – A Dream Worth Fighting For

For young Malaysians, it is not so hard to imagine a united society.

WINDOW INTO HISTORY
Jun 2017

The Botanic Gardens: A Tale of Gloom and Bloom

At over a century old, Penang's Botanic Gardens have an illustrious past.

FEATURE
May 2017

The MICE Industry Matures

The stage is set for Penang's business events sector to soar.

FEATURE
Apr 2017

Suicides are a Social Ill

Our society is ill-equipped to understand and react to mental health disorders – sometimes at a great cost.

COVER STORY
Apr 2017

Talking about Ageing: The Greying Elephant in the Room

Affordable and good healthcare; shelter and comfort: it’s time to address the realities of growing old in Malaysia.

FEATURE
Apr 2017

Cows and the City

Meet Penang's urban bovines and their handlers.

WINDOW INTO HISTORY
Apr 2017

When Penang and the Dindings were One

For 60 years, the Dindings district in Perak was governed by Penang.

COVER STORY
Feb 2017

Saving Our Schools

Education is more than exams; it's also about developing skills and ideas required for both the digital economy and students' individual well-being. Why is Malaysia still behind in this?

UTTER ECONOMICS
Jan 2017

Budget Cuts Wounding Public Health

Medical care services and public health allocations suffered budget reductions – and we should be worried.

ODDLY ENOUGH
Jan 2017

The Budget Speech is NOT the Budget (Part Two)

The federal government’s murky budgeting practices have serious consequences.

UTTER ECONOMICS
Dec 2016

A Budget with Dubious Benefits

Looking past the handouts, we see a bleak reality.

ODDLY ENOUGH
Dec 2016

The Budget Speech Is NOT the Budget (Part One)

When “good news” and “goodies” in Budget 2017 might all just be hot air.

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.

STATISTICS
Nov 2016

The Global Halal Industry in Malaysia and Penang

The Global Halal Industry in Malaysia and Penang

CARPE DIEM
Oct 2016

The Art of Neutering the Malaysian Parliament

The Malaysian Parliament today has been reduced to a token – and parliamentary reforms are badly needed.

UTTER ECONOMICS
Oct 2016

Where Does Our EPF Money Go?

We explore Malaysia’s pension fund, which collects a staggering RM5bil per month.

FEATURE
Sep 2016

A Properly Financed Transport Plan for the Long Haul

Striking a balance is the rationale of the Penang Transport  Master Plan.

FEATURE
Jul 2016

Public Transport Must be Affordable, Convenient – and Sustainable

For a public transport system to succeed, both pull and push factors are needed.

FEATURE
Mar 2016

A Shelter for Strays

Over 600 dogs have found sanctuary at 4PAWS.

FEATURE
Jan 2016

No Child Goes Hungry in New Taipei City

Convenience stores double as charity portals to feed disadvantaged minors.

FEATURE
Jan 2016

Private Schooling Getting Popular

International schools have doubled in number over the past five years. We explore why.

FEATURE
Dec 2015

Who gains and who loses in Budget 2016?

From cash handouts to tax cuts, we analyse how Budget 2016 affects all tiers of household income.

FEATURE
Nov 2015

Can Budget 2016 strengthen Malaysia against external economic headwinds?

Malaysia is vulnerable to falling commodity prices and the possibility of the US increasing its interest rates.

COVER STORY
Nov 2015

The ringgit and sen of festivals

They draw crowds and provide a platform for local talents, but just how economically beneficial are festivals?

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