Mediating Heritage Conservation and Urban Development in Contemporary Malaysia


Cultural dissonance – Melaka


The more I thought about this question, and as I dug deeper into my research, it quickly became evident that there is a lot more to it than I had initially thought.

– Dr. Creighton Connally, Postdoctoral Fellow, Asian Urbanism Cluster, Asia Research Institute, NUS, Singapore

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* * Or perhaps you prefer something along these lines? (Pedestrian Bridge in Shenzhen, China)


From the New Mobility Fine Arts Collection: The Inner Eye – Autumn 2016
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Sustainable Penang’s Open Citizen Discussion Forum: Archives Dec. 2015-Oct. 2016


Serendipity: The Happy Surprise

On 14 Dec. 2015: Mr. Lim Thean Heng, Chief Engineer, for reasons of his own, decided to created a WhatsApp group, “Sustainable Penang”. The results of his successful initiative can be accessed online via, and from there clicking the menu to Sustainable Penang. The forum is open to invited participants, and thus far has almost two hundred members, roughly 20% or so from outside Penang.  One of the main targets of the forum is to get feedback and views on the state government ‘s work in preparation of a Penang Transport Master Plan, on which there are many opposing views, including in the most informed public and reaches of civil society. But that is not the only thing that gets talked about there.

Did you realise that our WhatsApp forum is also a valuable research tool?

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Is Penang for sale? On Ketakbolehbalikan, अचल , 不可逆性 and Irreversibilities

What troubles me most about the permissiveness and the ambition, of present government policies in so many areas – such as protecting the forest reserves as just one example among many— is the entire matter of irreversibilities of which there are far too many examples and which do not seem to be taken into consideration.

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