Erna Mahyuni

Erna Mahyuni

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

Recent Opinions

  • 1 day ago

    PKR needs to be less of a cult and more of a party

  • 1 week ago

    Public transport shouldn't be about profit

  • 2 weeks ago

    Why do we like blaming the poor for what they eat?

  • 3 weeks ago

    Tun, give money to the poor, not cars

More from Erna Mahyuni

  • 4 weeks ago

    The dangerous politics of austerity

    AUGUST 22 ― I am alarmed and disheartened by some of the nonsense being spouted by our politicians about our economy. The way they talk, it's as if we're pre-bailout Greece,...

  • 1 month ago

    Malaysia’s mysterious ‘gay agenda’

    AUGUST 15 — You would think there is a secret gay army out to destroy the world, with the extent of LGBT-related news dominating headlines on a daily basis. It’s not just...

  • 1 month ago

    A little too soon for government report cards

    AUGUST 8 — Just five more months until the end of 2018 but it feels as though a year has already passed. This quick-seeming passing of time has also led Malaysians to start...

  • 1 month ago

    Why are we legalising paedophilia, Malaysia?

    AUGUST 1 — While neighbouring Indonesia has decided to ban child marriage, in Malaysia we have people protesting in defence of it. A child activist once told me, “We don’t...

  • 1 month ago

    Laws are not for protecting your feelings

    JULY 25 — The news about a law designed to make sure it’s illegal to insult anyone’s faith troubles me. Anti-discrimination laws are fine, but making it illegal to make any...

  • 2 months ago

    Dear government, make people pay taxes

    JULY 18 — It is now as easy as going to a 7-11 to make a donation to Tabung Harapan. How convenient! How absolutely unnecessary. I am tired of the continual mantra about the...

  • 2 months ago

    We can’t keep defending child marriages, Malaysia

    JULY 11 — It looks like the man who courted an 11-year-old same-age friend of his daughter was fined RM1,800 and had his marriage legally recognised. Despite the outrage from...

  • 2 months ago

    The problem has never been women

    JULY 4 — “Lean in.” “Be aggressive.” “Don’t be too aggressive.” “Don’t try to be a man.” “Don’t do these things women are too prone to do.” Reading all...

  • 2 months ago

    When #MalaysiaBaru is #MalaysiaSensitif

    JUNE 27 — So much for a "honeymoon" period. From a delayed Cabinet announcement to Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim's unabashed Erdogan fanboying, there has been more than enough...

  • 3 months ago

    Policing hate speech isn’t infringing your rights

    JUNE 20 — In the wake of our newfound civil freedoms, Malaysians have become bolder about speaking up. I think that’s great and important yet at the same time, I think filters...

  • 3 months ago

    Umno’s cyberattack squad has returned, so what now?

    JUNE 13 — Was too busy and ill to promote last week’s column but it seems that Umno’s cybertroopers did it for me.  Thus began quite the online debate about the...

  • 3 months ago

    Let’s embrace being a multilingual nation

    JUNE 6 — I hope the “martabatkan Bahasa Melayu” (elevate the Malay language) movement is dead. It was not one of Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin’s better efforts and has proven...

  • 3 months ago

    Be careful we don’t set our government up to fall

    MAY 29 — While it’s great Malaysians are waking up to the notion of political process, the clamouring voices are starting to get on my nerves. Our ministers have barely taken...

  • 3 months ago

    How the election showed ‘change from within’ is a big, fat lie

    MAY 23 — In just the space of a week, Malaysia has experienced more change than we’ve perhaps seen in years where freedom of expression and the media is concerned. It feels as...

  • 4 months ago

    Let’s not slip back into hero-worshipping ways

    MAY 16 — The election results caught many of us off-guard. Now that the euphoria has come down a little, let us be reminded to avoid certain pitfalls. While I think we should...