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ODDLY ENOUGH
Jul 2017

Hang Tuah as an Icon for Malaysia

He was not afraid of pluralism and multiculturalism.

COVER STORY
Jun 2017

Tourism is Greener on the other side

Ecotourism brings travellers and ringgit to Seberang Perai.

COVER STORY
May 2017

Penang Hokkien On Life Support

With the dialect in danger of disappearing, passionate parties step up and take charge.

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
Nov 2016

A Short History of Penang’s Malay Publishing Industry

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

FEATURE
Oct 2016

Brightening the Future of the Blind

Persatuan Tongkat Putih aims to empower the visually impaired.

COVER STORY
Sep 2016

The Mainland Awakens

Seberang Perai is undergoing massive transformation – but not without its own unique challenges.

FEATURE
Aug 2016

Zooming in on Bugs

Three photographer friends dedicate themselves to capturing life in the undergrowth.

PENANG PALETTE
May 2016

An Ancient Art Form that Continues to Inspire

The Chinese brush genre survives – and evolves – in Malaysia.

PENANG PALETTE
Aug 2015

Taking water and colours to new heights

Meet Chang Fee Ming, a game-changer known for pushing the parameters of his art.

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?

PENANG PALETTE
Aug 2014

Time for Asean art to flourish

The regional art scene may be lacking in terms of shared identity consciousness, but things are certainly changing.

PENANG PALETTE
Jul 2014

Was Bujang Valley culture the beginning of Malayness?

As archaeologists struggle to discover more about Bujang Valley, perhaps it should be given credit as the site where Malay civilisation actually began.

COVER STORY
Sep 2013

Time for a second federation in Malaysia?

Malaysia is 50 years old. It's time for us to re-examine what our federalism means.

WINDOW INTO HISTORY
May 2013

Khaw Sim Bee and The Na Ranong Family: A Shared History of Penang and Southern Thailand

The Khaw clan was a central player in the socioeconomic wellbeing of Penang and Phuket.

FEATURE
Nov 2012

George Town Literary Festival II

The George Town Literary Festival is back! Curator Bernice Chauly tells us what's in store for book lovers this year.

WINDOW INTO HISTORY
Jun 2012

Penang and East Sumatran Ports 1824

A reminder of what the cultural, commercial and political diversity in the Straits of Malacca looked like before colonialism divided the region.

WINDOW INTO HISTORY
Jun 2011

Penang On The Brink of War,1821

Kedah’s Rajah Ahmad Tajuddin Halim Shah II fled to Penang to escape the Siamese, and war nearly broke out.

PROFILE
Dec 2010

An Old Chung Ling Boy Who Thought Big

We chat with Loke Gim Tay about his success in the glass industry, and his passion for the arts.

FEATURE
Nov 2010

Gerakan’s legacy of ideas is at risk

The embattled party is in danger of losing relevance.

PENANG PALETTE
Nov 2010

Will art world acronyms prove auspicious?

Penang was once known as the cradle of Malaysian art. Today, it has the chance to regain that title.

FEATURE
Aug 2010

The serious brain drain problem

Penang's talent are leaving in droves. What's causing this exodus, and how can we fix it?

PENANG PROFILE
Aug 2010

Building the Penang Bridge

Engineer Liaw Yew Ping has lived a long and storied life, culminating in the Penang Bridge, his most iconic project.

BOOK REVIEW
Aug 2010

Colonial Penang's pre-modern roots

We review Andrew Barber’s Penang Under the East India Company 1786-1858

STATES OF REFORM
May 2010

Democracy is essentially local

Why local government elections need to make a comeback.

TALK-TALK ONLY
May 2010

In search of good Penang fiction

Where has all the good Penang fiction gone?

COVER STORY
May 2010

Halal – the next frontier

Penang’s halal industry is going global, and it has momentum on its side.

COVER STORY
Apr 2010

Taking tourism to the next level

Several of Penang’s key tourism players tell Penang Economic Monthly why they’re so optimistic about the future.

PROFILE
Mar 2010

Living the poem

Lawyer/environmentalist/poet Cecil Rajendra chats with pem about his life’s work, and what makes one a good writer.

HISTORY TODAY
Jan 2010

Regional power politics and the birth of Penang

The politics of yesterday was rife with brutal deception - as the Sultan of Kedah found out.

PROFILE
Dec 2009

Tun Lim Chong Eu: The past is not passé

The former chief minister reminds Penangites not to forget the strands of history and how these continue to dictate our economic and political thought.