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FEATURE
Oct 2017

The Art of Dismantling Cultural Pluralism

The soul of Malaysia has been under attack for decades.

FEATURE
Oct 2017

Malaysia: Absolutely a Secular State

According to the Constitution, Malaysia is a secular state. But this notion is lost on many.

FEATURE
Sep 2017

George Town’s Diversity Safeguards its Religious Harmony

The gentle equilibrium among George Town's many races is its strength.

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.

FEATURE
May 2017

A Migrant Worker’s Journey of Despair – and Hope

In seeking greener pastures, many migrant workers find themselves locked in a nightmare instead.

FEATURE
Feb 2017

A Model Village that Stays Vibrant

The communal spirit of Kampung Seronok makes it a truly fun place to be.

FEATURE
Oct 2016

Feeling at Home in Public

A recent social experiment intends to democratise public spaces in Penang.

FOOTPRINTS
Sep 2016

Grow Your Own Greens Today!

An innovative idea makes planting one's own vegetables at home possible – and fun.

COVER STORY
Jul 2016

Where the Sea Meets the City is Where the World Meets Penang

Intrinsically linked to the water, George Town's waterfront is where it all began – and it still continues to amaze.

FEATURE
May 2016

Will Getting Around Penang Without A Car Become Possible Again?

We take a look at the alternative ways of commuting in Penang.

TALK-TALK ONLY
Feb 2016

Literature is Not About Winning Prizes

Talk about skewed intentions when it comes to writing!

COVER STORY
Jan 2016

Education – Ever The Political Victim

It's out with the old and in with the new every time a crisis engulfs the country's leadership – and all at the expense of our children's education.

FOOTPRINTS
Dec 2015

Christmas in the mountains of Sarawak

Prayer and food – lots of it – mark the way the yuletide season is celebrated in Sarawak.

FOOTPRINTS
Nov 2015

No fetish for heritage here, and yet…

In Ba Kelalan, there isn’t much visible heritage left, but it still gives a glimpse into the old way of life where faith and beliefs hold the community together.

COVER STORY
Sep 2015

Putting Pulau Tikus on the map

Rich in history and rich in culture, this beloved township is drawing more attention than ever before.

FEATURE
Aug 2015

P. Ramlee: A Penang superstar

As P. Ramlee The Musical heads to our shores, we unravel the tumultuous life of the visionary man.

FEATURE
Jun 2015

Penang on the verge of a revolution in waste management

To combat Penang's massive food waste problem, one local company is going straight to the schools and markets with an innovative new machine.

COVER STORY
Feb 2015

The Unity Fetish

Instead of celebrating diversity and allowing for societal hybridisation to flow freely, Malaysia is unhealthily obsessed with the notion of unity.

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.

PERSPECTIVES
Jan 2015

The more individual stories we acknowledge, the more authentic our national history

There is a disease in Malaysia called "Politicititis", where memory loss is the main symptom; what we remember or forget are dictated by the politically powerful. The cure? Freedom of speech.

COVER STORY
Dec 2014

A history of local elections in Penang Part II: A legacy to protect

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.

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?

FOOTPRINTS
Jun 2014

Where money doesn’t talk (not much, anyway)

In the small village of Ba Kelalan, Sarawak, social cooperation takes precedence over financial importance.

FEATURE
Mar 2014

Whose land is this anyway?

The Sarawak perimeter survey conducted by the Land and Survey Department draws more questions than answers.

TALK-TALK ONLY
Mar 2014

A Malaysia lost

Kee Thuan Chye laments about Malaysia today, and reminisces about the Malaysia he used to know.

FEATURE
Feb 2014

Between light and darkness

We chat with Apichatpong Weerasethakul, acclaimed director, Palme d'Or winner and Tropfest South East Asia's ambassador.

PROFILE
Feb 2014

Up close with Lat

Malaysia's icon talks about kampung living and the importance of intermingling.

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.

FEATURE
Sep 2013

Housing maintenance in Penang

Housing maintenance in Penang needs some crucial restructuring and rethinking.

PENANG PALETTE
May 2013

When in Rome...

Ooi Kok Chuen sits down with H.H. Lim, a Penang-raised artist based in Rome.

COVER STORY
May 2013

Watershed Elections for Malaysia

Malaysia’s Reformasi movement has been brewing for a long time now and has led to the highly competitive GE13.

COVER STORY
Mar 2013

Malaysians Take Charge

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.

FEATURE
Mar 2013

One Party Rule Fades Away

An in-depth look at Umno’s past, present and future.

COVER STORY
Jan 2013

Malaysian's Education Divide

It’s time to talk about the issue of class in education.

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