Young writers workshop in Penang this weekend

A two-day young writers workshop with the theme youth and activism is being held in Penang this weekend. For more information and to register,...

Bagan Ajam fishermen going through hard times

Fishermen in Bagan Ajam in northern Butterworth are experiencing tough times as their catch has dwindled in recent years. As a result, Bagan Ajam...

Emotional Hokkien movie set in 1970s Penang is the talk of...

After all the bad news about money games in Penang, people here needed a lift, and along comes a movie, the first Penang Hokkien...

1MDB black hole widens again as Bandar Malaysia deal unravels

I was midway writing a follow-up to my earlier piece ‘Black hole of 1MDB’, when news broke that the Bandar Malaysia deal had fallen...

QNet convention comes to Spice again

Once again, thousands of delegates have converged in Penang for a large but low-profile direct selling convention dubbed #VCON17 at the Spice convention centre...

Satellite images show more forests being logged in Ulu Muda

Why is the Ulu Muda water catchment area so important? Because it supplies 80 per cent of Penang's water requirements, 96 per cent of...

Workers’ Day blues: When food prices make your stomach churn

This evening I was at a local fruit vendor's stall and happened to overhear another customer, a young woman, with a child nearby, speaking...

After Hadi predicts ‘green tsunami’, storm wreaks havoc at Pas assembly

Hours after Pas president Abdul Hadi Awang predicted a "green tsunami", one main capony and other smaller tents out of some 30 tents collapsed...

International scholars join call to #SaveJerejak on eve of day of...

Well, whaddaya know! Pulau Jerejak has shot into the international spotlight with 30 scholars from 16 nations supporting a petition to save Pulau Jerejak. The...

Photos, GPS map of mysterious clearing in Pulau Jerejak

Someone has cleared a trail that is 10-12 feet wide along the northeastern coast of Penang. //embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js Part of the trail, plotted using GPS on...

Migrant workers ‘dorms’ in Penang spark concern

Taking a leaf from what is happening in Singapore, Penang too is planning foreign workers villages/dormitories in Bukit Tambun, Permatang Tinggi, Juru, Batu Maung...

New photos emerge of late 19th Century church in Pulau Jerejak

New photos have emerged of the ruins of a 121-year-old church in Pulau Jerejak located on the eastern coast of the island, just north...

There’s a new group of red shirts in town

There's a new group of red shirts around - but this time it is Umno's turn to feel the jitters. At the Mahathir ceramah...

Encouraging turnout for Mahathir ceramah in Umno stronghold

Some 2,000 people thronged a Mahathir ceramah in the parliamentary constituency of Tasik Gelugor in mainland Penang last night in a sign that his...

What is Bank Negara doing about all these get-rich-quick ‘money games’?

In these tough times, many have "invested" their hard-earned money in dubious get-rich-quick 'money games' or pyramid schemes, which probably carry high risks for...

Vicious cycle: High property prices squeeze consumer spending

The other day, The Edge business weekly (10-16 April 2017) carried a frontpage report stating that E & O was in talks to sell...

Mahathir’s party vows to stop TUDM base relocation in Penang

At a ceramah on Saturday night on mainland Penang, it looks apparent that Mahathir's Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) is trying to make its...

Away from public eye, chainsaw-wielding workers hack through Pulau Jerejak forest

Around the time Penang Forum 7; #SaveJerejak was taking place in early April, someone decided to move in and clear some of the forest...

Hundreds sign petition calling for humane control of strays in Penang

After three silent awareness walks in Penang in recent weeks, over 800 people have signed a petition to handle the population of strays in...

Chilling account of massacre in Pulau Jerejak during Japanese Occupation

When Rajindar Singh worked as a medical assistant* in charge of the treatment room of Camp 1 in Pulau Jerejak in the mid-1960s, he...