18 Apr'15 - Inaugural Karpal Singh Forum - 'The Sedition Act & Human Rights in Malaysia'

  18 April 2015 (Saturday), 8.00 am- 1.00 pm, Dewan Sri Pinang On behalf of Penang Bar Commit...

3 Apr'15 - The Penang in Asia Lecture Series: Mainland Southeast Asians’ Ancestors: More Indigenous or Immigrant?

3 April 2015 (Friday),  8.00-10.30pm, Royale Bintang Hotel Penang Penang Institute together ...

21 Mar'15 - Roundtable Discussion: Religion and Geopolitics- Conflict Resolution

Saturday, 21st March 2015, 230PM – 530PM, Conference Room, Faculty of Law, University of M...

Oil Price 2015

Since PETRONAS contributed RM73.4 billion (30% of the Malaysian government’s expenditure) ...

Penang In History

Date: Saturday, 11 April 2015Time: 2:30pm-4:00pmVenue: George Town World Heritage Incorporated, No...

  • 18 Apr'15 - Inaugural Karpal Singh Forum - 'The Sedition Act & Human Rights in Malaysia'

  • 3 Apr'15 - The Penang in Asia Lecture Series: Mainland Southeast Asians’ Ancestors: More Indigenous ...

  • 21 Mar'15 - Roundtable Discussion: Religion and Geopolitics- Conflict Resolution

  • Oil Price 2015

  • Penang In History


Economic Studies
The Economics Section undertakes active research into economics issues in Penang, Malaysia, South East Asia and Asia. We provide high impact, academically grounded, impartial and cutting edge analysis on the issues concerning the middle income trap, sustainable development and the growth of economies. We also look into business issues such as corporate governance, corporate financing and financial supervision.
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Urban Studies
The Urban Studies research cluster develops research and evidence for the formulation of policy which can promote the long-term sustainable development of Penang. The thematic areas of focus; sustainable urban development, housing and transport are brought together holistically to promote more joined up policy thinking.
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Local government in Malaysia: Types, functions, organisation, members and budget
The local government or local authority, or “pihak berkuasa tempatan”, is the lowest level in the hierarchy of governance in Malaysia, after federal and state. The position of local governments in Malaysia is stated in the Federal Constitution. According to items four and five of the Ninth Schedule of the Federal Constitution, local governments other than those in the Federal Territories (KL, Labuan and Putrajaya) are subjects under the state list, and are therefore directly under the exclusive jurisdiction of the state government....
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Nusantara Studies
Nusantara Studies serves as a platform to foreground the worldview of intellectuals, literary and cultural figures and institutions of knowledge that have relevance to Penang and also have connection with the cultures of the Nusantara. Penang, which was once a very cosmopolitan meeting point of trade, culture and knowledge, was responsible for forging changes in society.
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Political & Social Analysis
A diverse team of scholars trained in political science, economics, international relations, gender studies, psychology and forensic science, we work on various issues and concerns related to political institutions and socio-economic policies in Penang and Malaysia. Our current projects cover federalism, constituency redelineation, social welfare policies in Penang, marginalization of Indians in Penang, women participation in workforce and education policy. Our works are part of the larger efforts of the
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History Studies
The History Studies of the Penang Institute focuses mainly on the history and heritage research of Penang and its region. This research intends to offer new ways to understand the connections between the past and present which throws light on social, economical, cultural and political changes in Penang and its surrounding states, but also Southeast Asia as a whole.
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No automatic new start for Penang as a city

Photograph: Kee Seng Heng/Flickr Will city status for Penang Island bring a new mindset to citizens, to councillors and to officials? That is doubtful. But…
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From the CEO's Desk

Ringgit volatility, GST and falling inflation

On 12 August 2013 The Edge published an article entitled “Asian financial crisis – Part 2?” in which I concluded: “The similarities between mid-1990s and today…
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