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FEATURE
Nov 2017

The Bastion of Early Catholicism in Penang Restored

George Town's Church of the Assumption gets a much-needed face lift.

FEATURE
Oct 2017

The Art of Dismantling Cultural Pluralism

The soul of Malaysia has been under attack for decades.

ODDLY ENOUGH
Oct 2017

Imagine Malaysia Anew!

Malaysians should dare to campaign for change.

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
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.

CARPE DIEM
Nov 2016

Stop BN’s Electoral Robbery with Bersih 5

The Election Commission's re-delineation exercise is nothing short of creative abuse.

FEATURE
Mar 2016

Awas! The Organising of Radical Malay Women

Before the Alliance, there were the radicals.

FEATURE
Oct 2015

Giving the people a say – it’s their money after all

The people of Machang Bubok get to vote on how RM100,000 will be spent.

FEATURE
Sep 2015

Election fever! Memories of a by-election gone by

The Permatang Pauh by-election campaign earlier this year was, in true Malaysian style, carnivalesque.

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
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.

FEATURE
Nov 2014

Injecting gender into the Penang Agenda

What is Gender Responsive and Participatory Budgeting? Yasmin Bathamanathan speaks to experts in this area to find out.

FEATURE
Aug 2014

Applause for the Penang budget model

Gender responsive participatory budgeting, an amalgamation of participatory budgeting and gender budgeting, has taken off in Penang to much positive feedback.

FOOTPRINTS
Aug 2014

Exaggerating the urban-rural divide is no help

The rural folks of Malaysia are far from being politically ignorant, and dismissing them as such can only exacerbate the urban-rural gap.

FOOTPRINTS
Jul 2014

Talk about elections being local!

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

FEATURE
Mar 2014

A worthy dozen at the esplanade

Here's a recap of Tropfest South East Asia.

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.

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.

FEATURE
Jul 2013

Electoral system – options beyond First-Past-The-Post

Exploring the variety of electoral systems currently used around the world.

TALK-TALK ONLY
Dec 2012

Documenting our Damaged Democracy

The integrity of the Malaysian election conduct is put into question.

TALK-TALK ONLY
Oct 2012

The Unknown and The All Too Familiar

Kee Thuan Chye on choosing in Malaysia's two-coalition system.

TALK-TALK ONLY
Jun 2012

Each Citizen’s Duty to Combat Electoral Fraud

The violence of Bersih 3.0 should not distract from the need for serious reforms.

COVER STORY
May 2012

Social Resistance in A Semi-Democracy

Recent protests illustrate a widespread demand for meaningful participation in Malaysia's policy making process. Will the government listen?

STATES OF REFORM
May 2012

Early Election

Can Penang and Selangor get the ball rolling?

STATES OF REFORM
Feb 2012

Malaysians! Know Your Governments

How the different tiers of government relate to each other.

PENANG PALETTE
Nov 2011

Promise of a Renaissance

New art spaces are popping up in Penang, but can the state take advantage of this energy?

WINDOW INTO HISTORY
Oct 2011

Adult Suffrage Comes to Penang and Malaysia, 1951

On December 1, 1951, Penang made history by holding its first ever municipal election.

TALK-TALK ONLY
Sep 2011

Fair Election Postponed Is Democracy Denied

The next general election is around the corner. Will it be a fair one?

FEATURE
Aug 2011

Bersih 2.0 A Desire For Democracy

In spite of the government’s response to Bersih 2.0, the desire for electoral reforms remains strong.

STATES OF REFORM
Jul 2011

Local Democracy Alive and Kicking in Pakatan States

The Pakatan Rakyat governments are determined to push ahead with local elections, with or without federal help.

FEATURE
Jun 2011

Sarawak Election Diary

The Sarawak elections are over. A DAP worker describes the challenges of campaigning in unfamiliar territory.

BOOK REVIEW
Oct 2010

Parables, Prophets & Pillocks

PEM reviews Cecil Rajendra’s latest collection of poetry.

STATES OF REFORM
Aug 2010

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