Much has been happening at Penang Institute. This is to be expected, and is in many ways a reflection of the times. Malaysia enters a period of difficult reform just when the world faces an uncertain future. Income and developmental gaps continue to increase across the globe, ultra-nationalism is on the rise worldwide, and the destruction of the Earth’s natural environment has reached a critical stage. But times of crisis are also times for deep changes to take place.
As one of Malaysia’s major think tanks, Penang Institute participates in public discourse, identifies both negative and positive socioeconomic trends in state, national and regional development, and attempts persistently to influence policy making in the state and the country.
This Newsletter provides summary information on events at the Institute and their significance, and on the Institute’s participation in public life over the previous month. It will forthwith be distributed regularly by email.
Dato’ Dr Ooi Kee Beng,