‘Hard Talk’ with Mahathir, Husam and Saifuddin Nasution

This might help keep you occupied this Sunday. Share your thoughts below.

Penang Botanic Gardens: Restructure enactment, formulate masterplan, drop cable car station

One of the things that they seem to be trying to insert into or around the already congested Penang Botanic Gardens is a cable...

Worrying weather graphs the media haven’t shown you

Remember the good ol' days when life was a lot simpler and the weather forecast was simply "cerah" (sunny), "mendung" (cloudy/overcast) or the famous...

BN’s traditional media falls in disarray; social media battle looms ahead...

The circulation of Malaysia’s mainstream print media, apart from a business weekly, has dipped over the last few years – and this could dent...

The great 1932 flood of Penang: Learning the lessons of history

In the aftermath of the 4-5 November 2017 storm and extensive flooding and landslides, many thought they were the worst in Penang's history.But there...

Huge growth in GDP – so why the tough times for...

The other day, I received a message from a relative abroad. “Malaysia economy grew by 6 per cent … that’s huge,” he said. He...

Five things we learned about Penang’s ‘three islands’ mega project

It had rained the day before, so some of us were concerned that our little expedition would be washed out. But as it turned...

‘Development’ gone crazy: ‘Concrete’ proof water gushed down next to tower...

Imagine your home in a quiet neighbourhood, the last house along a street which ends near some hilly land.Then one fine day, you wake...

Government hospitals struggle to cope with limited resources

The other day I accompanied a friend of mine to an eye clinic at a general hospital in the north of the peninsula.What...

The landslide that knocked out the Penang Hills Railway

Here are a few images you may not have seen. These photos, taken about a week ago by a concerned Penangite, give us an...

FREE! 14,000 pages of Aliran magazine digital archives spanning three decades

Aliran's gift to all Malaysians on the 40th anniversary of its formation in 1977.The entire digital archives of Aliran magazines from 1980 to...

Penangites flock to Andrew Ng’s film The Hills and The Sea

The film The Hills and The Sea drew a full house at the Majestic Theatre in George Town this evening.The 16-minute film, produced by...

Freedom Film Fest arrives in Butterworth (25 Nov) and George Town...

If artists are able to capture the soul of a place on canvas, independent film producers are able to vividly bring to life the...

Eight women artists showcase their work in George Town

Hello everyone! Let us support the arts - development is not just about providing physical public amenities. We also need to nurture the arts...

10 alarming images from Penang they don’t want you to see

Ever since the fatal landslide and the floods in Penang, I have received or seen photos from about half a dozen concerned Penangites.For some...

52-51 vote shock exposes BN’s vulnerability to rising cost of living

The BN-led government’s razor-thin 52-51 winning margin in a vote called by the opposition to protest at the rising cost of petrol of goods...

Group raises concerns over Penang Botanic Garden corporatisation

The following are areas of concern raised by the Friends of the Penang Botanic Garden Society.The society will be seeking clarification from the...

Some questions about the quiet ‘corporatisation’ of Penang Botanic Garden

Update (15 November): The bill to corporatise the Penang Botanic Garden was passed yesterday with barely any prior publicity.One BN state assembly rep reportedly...

‘George Town looked as if someone had poured teh tarik over...

That's what a visiting friend of mine, a former Penang resident, remarked when he saw images of the flood in George Town.Check out the...

Clarify these hill land project approvals since 2008

The Penang state government claims no hill slope projects above 250 feet have been approved since 2008.If so, it needs to clarify this...