The global crude oil price is now US$36 barrel. In contrast, the local pump price is still relatively high at RM1.80/litre - despite a fifth reduction in price on 15 December since a 41 per cent hike in June. It's...
Malaysia's top political cartoonist Zunar (real name Zulkiflee Anwar Ulhaque) and his team are launching a fortnightly political humour magazine, Gedung Katun (Cartoon Warehouse), filled with Malaysian parody and satire. The 'alternative cartoon magazine' will probably have to compete head-on...
Scenes of jubilation in court this morning after the decision Photo by [email protected] In a stunning development, Raja Petra is to be freed from ISA detention after a successful habeas corpus application. Shah Alam High Court Judge Syed Ahmad Helmy Syed...
Following Unesco's recognition of George Town and Malacca as world heritage sites, LW wrote these important words of caution, which I thought I should highlight: I just hope, though, that this listing will actually bring about more context sensitive and...
A community of about 300 households in Pepper Estate on Penang Island is facing an uncertain future after it emerged that the land they are living on has been quietly sold to a developer. http://www.flickr.com/apps/slideshow/show.swf?v=124984 The estate was opened...
This is a piece on the trams of Penang that I wrote as a guest blogger for The Guardian: George Town on the island of Penang in Malaysia used to have a viable tram system in the early 20th century. It...
No Internet censorship. Is this really true? Najib at the 'Blogging Mindfully and Responsibly' conference: Malaysians have to thank Tun Dr Mahathir again for this. When he was prime minister and Malaysia was developing its Multimedia Super Corridor, Tun made the...
Bingo! Could this be it? Lawyer Derek Fernandez has come up with a surprising finding that should strengthen the Penang state government and the residents' hand in negotiations with the developer. The temporary title document (Borang 11AK), registered with the...
The MBPP has to explain this project on a 5.0ha plot of land on environmentally sensitive steep hillslopes. About two thirds of the plot is above the Penang Structure Plan threshold of 250 feet above sea level. The plot...
Latest audited circulation figures reveal the sales of several key mainstream Malay and English papers have dropped. Comparing peninsula figures for the second half of 2010 against the figure a year earlier (covering the period 1 July 2008 to...

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