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WINDOW INTO HISTORY
Jun 2017

Why Penang YWCA is Such a Landmark

The organisation has been empowering women for over a century.

FEATURE
Nov 2016

Local Democracy Awaits a Resurrection

It has been 45 years since the death knell rang for local elections in Penang.

FEATURE
Oct 2016

Pedestrians shall be King!

A campaign by the MBPP seeks to prioritise pedestrians.

FEATURE
Sep 2016

Three Historical Markets of George Town

Prangin Market, Chowrasta Market and Campbell Street Market have been the hubs of trade on the island for over a century.

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.

VOICE IN THE CROWD
Jul 2015

Let’s clean up our island city

With Penang's upgrade to city status, it's time to upgrade its level of cleanliness as well.

COVER STORY
Jun 2015

Butterworth beckons A bright future awaits East Penang

Stepchild no more: Butterworth wants to climb out of George Town's shadow. We find out how it could do just that.

FEATURE
May 2015

City status is a matter of status – and expectations

Penang's city status entails great responsibility.

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.

FEATURE
Mar 2015

Is Malaysia becoming a welfare state?

Government officials insist that Malaysia is not a welfare state, but taking a look at its policies, one might think otherwise.

VOICE IN THE CROWD
Feb 2015

No automatic new start for Penang as a city

Penang is on its way to becoming a city– again. However, this does not mean that improvements will happen overnight.

WINDOW INTO HISTORY
Jan 2015

George Town – From city to municipality to culture centre

George Town was Malaya's first city – and its only city until 1972. We examine the significance of this status, and its impact on recent times.

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.

VOICE IN THE CROWD
Aug 2014

Making Penang Island a city

Penang Island has the requirements to be called a city, but its residents need to be more civic conscious to earn that status.

VOICE IN THE CROWD
Jun 2014

Bringing city planning up to date

Cities constantly evolve, and so must city planning in order to keep up with the trend.

WINDOW INTO HISTORY
Apr 2014

When Labour ruled the council

The Labour Party’s rise and fall in George Town's municipal council is worth some retrospection.

FEATURE
Oct 2013

Reviving a state of mind that can save our urban legacy

Though much has changed in KL, the city holds on to its history.

VOICE IN THE CROWD
Apr 2013

Gurney Drive Must be Improved

Gurney Drive has changed over the years, not necessarily for the better.

VOICE IN THE CROWD
Jan 2013

Remembering an Early Step Towards Unesco Listing

Goh Ban Lee reflects on an important event in 1986 that helped drive George Town's Unesco listing.

FEATURE
Dec 2012

Make Walking Our Way of Life Again, Please!

A need to turn Penang into a walking, running and cycling state.

VOICE IN THE CROWD
Nov 2012

Why Not go for the Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize?

Goh Ban Lee argues that it is time for Penang to compete on the international stage.

STATES OF REFORM
Nov 2012

Change of Mayor Too High-Handed to Ignore

Petaling Jaya is still reeling from a string of surprise high-profile transfers.

FEATURE
Oct 2012

Betting on BIDS

George Town starts Asia’s first ever Business Improvement District Scheme.

VOICE IN THE CROWD
Jul 2012

"Urbanized" - A Reminder of The Vital Role of City Design

The designing of cities is almost a forgotten debate in Malaysia.

COVER STORY
Jul 2012

Towards Clean Governance in Asean

Penang Institute hosts the inaugural Conference of the Asean Coalition for Clean Governance.

FEATURE
Jun 2012

Secondary Cities are An Untapped Resource

How secondary cities can contribute to a nation's economy and change how we view development.

FEATURE
Jun 2012

MPPP to Host Top Tourism Forum

This September, Penang will host the fifth Tourism Promotion Organization for Asia Pacific Forum.

VOICE IN THE CROWD
Dec 2011

Give Butterworth A Coastal Park

Something needs to be done to transform Butterworth’s image.

FEATURE
Sep 2011

Transcending Dualism In Public Administration

The time has come for bipartisanship in our politics. 

COVER STORY
Aug 2011

Making A City Liveable The Secret Is Economic Growth From Below

In transforming Penang into a city of the future, public participation is key.

VOICE IN THE CROWD
Aug 2011

Clarifying The Role of Politicians in Development Control

Is there too much political interference in local development?

VOICE IN THE CROWD
Aug 2010

Curitiba - an ideal city of buses

George Town can learn a lot from Curitiba's public transportation system.

STATES OF REFORM
May 2010

Democracy is essentially local

Why local government elections need to make a comeback.

FEATURE
May 2010

Penang pledges to promote green transport

Penang joins nine other Asian cities in a pledge to promote sustainable transportation.

VOICE IN THE CROWD
Feb 2010

Remember the city status of George Town

George Town has been a city since 1957, even if the government chooses to ignore it.

FEATURE
Jan 2010

Studying others and staying unique

George Town is but one of many World Heritage Sites in the world. There is much it can learn from the successes of others. But can it do so and still retain its identity?