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ISSUES is Penang Institute’s series of discussion e-briefs analysing policy-relevant matters relating to Penang, Malaysia and the region. Initiated on 15 June 2017, the articles are generally written by researchers attached to the Institute.

They are meant to stimulate public interest in the subjects discussed and contribute substantively towards better-informed fact-based decision-making in Malaysia, both in the public or the private sector.

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1 Feb - Tighter Collaboration Needed in Penang’s Skills Development Infrastructure, by Ong Wooi Leng

10 Jan - Whistle-blowing as an Islamic Imperative: Empowering Muslim Civil Society Towards Good Governance, by Maszlee Malik


05 Dec - Obesity in Malaysia: Unhealthy Eating is as Harmful as Smoking, by Tim-Niklas Schoepp

22 Nov - Social Media Usage among Penangites: A Tool of Benefit or Distraction?, by Alexander Fernandez

8 Nov - Penang's Economy is Healthy and Strong, with Incomes Rising and Inequality Decreasing, by By Ong Kian Ming and Nick Tan Beng Teong

24 Oct - Heritage Tourism in George Town: A Complicated and Always Controversial Issue, by By Lim Sok Swan and Pan Yi Chieh

10 Oct - The Policing and Politics of the Malay Language, by Ooi Kok Hin

26 Sep - Reclaiming Penang’s Historical Role as a Prominent Literary Translation Hub, by Mohd Izzuddin Ramli

12 Sep - Logging in Ulu Muda Forest Reserve: Is Penang's Water Security under Threat?, by Sri Vaitheki Ramasamy

29 Aug - Penang's Aquaculture Industry Holds Great Economic Potential, by Negin Vaghefi

22 Aug - Chinese Property Projects in Southern Johor: Should We Be Concerned?, by Ong Kian Ming

16 Aug - Sebatan di khalayak secara mandatori boleh menjadi trend nasional, oleh Nidhal Mujahid

16 Aug - Mandatory Public Whipping May Become a National Trend, by Nidhal Mujahid

9 Aug - Explaining Salaries and Wages Data: A Look through Penang's Lens, by Timothy Choy

1 Aug - Facing Climate Change Begins at Home, by Evelyn Teh

18 July - Time for Malaysian States to Introduce "Non-Constituency Seats" (NCSs), by Wong Chin Huat

11 July - Child Marriages in Malaysia: Reality, Resistance and Recourse, by Ooi Kok Hin

28 June - The Digital Free Trade Zone - A Path to Inclusive Growth?, by Timothy Choy

15 June - The Skills Gap Remains Penang’s Big Challenge, by Ong Wooi Leng

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