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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.

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.

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.

PENANG ECONOMIC OUTLOOK
Jan 2015

Manufacturing in Penang: onwards and upwards

A slew of investments has Penang's manufacturing sector looking peachy, but strategic investments are required if local companies are to stay ahead.

FEATURE
Nov 2014

Decentralisation offers solutions – and snags

A highly centralised government has certain drawbacks, but can decentralising the management of public goods result in a better Malaysia?

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?

COVER STORY
Dec 2013

Budget 2014 Changes that don't add up to a reform

The government’s spending habits have always been a major issue and this year’s budget, disappointingly, is no different.

STATES OF REFORM
Apr 2013

What Will a Second Term Mean for Penang and Selangor?

What policies should the Pakatan state governments focus on in their second term?

FEATURE
Oct 2011

MPSP 2012: A Good Deficit Budget

The Seberang Perai Municipal Council is making history with the introduction of its 2012 budget.

FEATURE
May 2010

Whose rubbish is it anyway?

The federal government is set to privatise solid waste management. What does this mean for Penang?

STATES OF REFORM
Mar 2010

Cat on the prowl

What measures have the Pakatan Rakyat-controlled states taken to fulfil their promises of transparency and accountability?

STATES OF REFORM
Jan 2010

Giving federalism a future

Malaysia may call itself a federation, but it certainly doesn't act like one.

COVER STORY
Dec 2009

Penang Finance:Strong Roots, Stunted Growth

Last year’s general election results led to initial optimism that the traditional federal bullying of dissident states would no longer work. However, an analysis of Penang’s financial records reveals that the optimism is misplaced.

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