Erna Mahyuni

Erna Mahyuni

Erna tweets too much on @ernamh. Angry Sabah native, slave to her dog/cat and blogs at

Recent Opinions

  • 6 days ago

    Our mysteriously disappearing Cabinet

  • 1 week ago

    On 5G and our ever-bumbling bureaucracy

  • 2 weeks ago

    It’s too soon to expect the vaccines to save us

  • 3 weeks ago

    The pandemic showed us the dangers of incompetence

More from Erna Mahyuni

  • 1 month ago

    The necessity of dissent

    FEBRUARY 3 — I laugh sometimes when people go on a self-righteous preachy streak about social media. Without social media, many of us (myself included) would have been doomed to...

  • 1 month ago

    Covid-19 has shown us just how wide the digital divide goes

    JANUARY 27 — During the last year, I saw desperate pleas for food all over my social media. This year, I’m seeing parents at home struggling to help their children with...

  • 1 month ago

    People will go hungry again this MCO

    JANUARY 20 — You would think after going through a movement control order (MCO), a conditional MCO (CMCO) and a recovery MCO (RMCO) we would have gotten this sort-of,...

  • 1 month ago

    'The Dissident' film: How many concessions must we make for evil?

    JANUARY 13 — I spent the weekend watching Bryan Fogel's documentary on Jamal Khashoggi's murder, The Dissident. It is difficult to watch as it unflinchingly recounts the details...

  • 2 months ago

    ‘Cuti-cuti’ pandemic: The new scourge

    JANUARY 6 — Social media has been very depressing the past few weeks as I've had to open my pages to see various friends and acquaintances going on holiday. It seems the new...

  • 2 months ago

    Is the CMCO just Covid theatre?

    DECEMBER 30 ― The conditional movement control order (CMCO) has been extended in most states in Malaysia and I'm struggling to answer the question: what difference does it make?...

  • 2 months ago

    The tainted meat of Malaysian corruption

    DECEMBER 23 — Forty years: That is how long a meat-smuggling cartel has been operating, aided by government officials paid to turn a blind eye. It is funny that weeks after a...

  • 2 months ago

    Why are they only Malaysians when they leave?

    DECEMBER 16 — It gets a little nauseating sometimes how quickly we claim Malaysian connections to people doing well in foreign lands. Never mind if it's the faintest tie, so...

  • 3 months ago

    MCMC needs to grow a funny bone

    DECEMBER 9 — You would think that by now our government would have learned to understand the differences between satire, parody and sedition. Alas, no. The entertaining parody...

  • 3 months ago

    No going home yet, Malaysians

    DECEMBER 2 — It is easy to be caught up in a bubble on social media. We curate and prune until we see only what we want to see and it is easy to forget that bubble is but a...

  • 3 months ago

    Are Malaysian politicians so unpopular they're buying self-aggrandising tweets?

    NOVEMBER 25 — Paid tweets aren't a new thing. What is new, however, is our politicians buying them to boost their public image. Yesterday, a tweet from the account @JatIkhwan...

  • 3 months ago

    'Rakyat jaga rakyat' is not uplifting, but a sad necessity

    NOVEMBER 18 — I bought a T-shirt yesterday. It was from one of my favourite local artists, Fahmi Reza, who constantly amazes me with his prolific output that unfortunately gets...

  • 3 months ago

    Propagandists are not the solution to the ‘rakyat’s’ woes

    NOVEMBER 11 — Watching the annual national Budget presentation is a special kind of torture. The ridiculous table banging, the smugness of whoever’s presenting as though we,...

  • 4 months ago

    Letting hope take root, even in the shifting sands of politics

    NOVEMBER 4 — I love gardenias. I have loved them ever since my family moved to a house with a tall gardenia tree, with its dark leaves and heavy-scented blooms that still live...

  • 4 months ago

    It's more income, not financial literacy that the poor need

    OCTOBER 28 — There are a lot of terrible things on Twitter, myself included, but one particularly irksome thing is personal finance Twitter. As someone who's actually been poor,...