GUESTS at the 10th anniversary celebration of Penang Monthly had a wonderful night reminiscing about the evolution of the magazine throughout the years.
Penang Monthly is an analytical news magazine by the state’s Think Tank, the Penang Institute.
In his opening speech, Penang Institute executive director Datuk Dr Ooi Kee Beng said Penang Monthly, as a city magazine, had touched on several subjects from town planning, climate change and the Penang Hokkien language to the brain drain.
“Over the years, we found that there was no lack of material generally, and having a small team allows for consistency in voice and quality.
“We printed 3,000 copies in 2015 and today, we are up at 3,900, ” he said.
Deputy Defence Minister Liew Chin Tong, who is also one of the members of the board of directors of Penang Institute, said a book at the right time can inspire people.
“It can help us think through what we can do in order to change things.
“There needs to be ideas and enough people sharing a view.
“Penang Monthly was launched 10 years ago to position the state as a launchpad for national change.
“With a new government at the national level, I hope that at some point, Penang Monthly will be a Malaysian monthly.
“Ideas seeded here should have a national audience and deserve national attention.
“I hope that we can have a larger audience in the next 10 years, so we can convey ideas nationwide that can change the world, ” Liew said.
Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said the magazine had come a long way since it started as a newsletter.
“Penang is a trendsetter in many ways, including in the publishing industry.
“It is on this very island, the first newspaper in all of Southeast Asia, the Government Gazette, was published in 1806, ” he said.
Chow added that Penang Monthly was formed just after the 2008 general election.
“Penang Monthly serves as a platform for Penangites to bring forth all the concerns, intrigues or inspiration so that we are reminded of the beauty and wonders of our home.
“It also keeps us informed of the state’s social, political and economic developments.
“Penang Monthly also represents our collective desire to step up and stand tall together, ” he said
Entertainment for the night was provided by the Penang Philharmonic Orchestra.
Also present were Penang Institute board of directors Datuk Jaseni Maidinsa, Datuk Seri Chet Singh, Datuk Mohd Bazid Abd Kahar and Bukit Tengah assemblyman Gooi Hsiao Leung.
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