Erna Mahyuni

Erna Mahyuni

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

Recent Opinions

  • 3 days ago

    Arresting people for tweeting is not the answer to vaccine frustration

  • 1 week ago

    The maddening effort needed to stay sane in a pandemic

  • 2 weeks ago

    It’s OK to complain, Malaysians!

  • 3 weeks ago

    How language chauvinism is hurting the vaccine rollout

More from Erna Mahyuni

  • 1 month ago

    Blaming Malaysians is not good Covid-19 strategy

    MAY 12 — As we go into the third nationwide movement control order (MCO), there is a tiresome, repetitive narrative being repeated especially at higher levels: if only...

  • 1 month ago

    It scares me how many people are scared of the vaccine

    MAY 5 — I spent last weekend waging a war with the national vaccine information website, trying to book an appointment for the controversial AstraZeneca jab.  Who knew...

  • 1 month ago

    Of vertigo and the unpredictability of the human condition

    APRIL 28 — Talking to a friend one night, she asked me: "What do you want?" I did not really have an answer and told her I would sleep on it. The next morning, I woke up,...

  • 1 month ago

    More curbs on the media ahead?

    APRIL 21 — In the continuing saga of my baking adventures, I’ve been too busy making pâte à choux to think about incompetent politicians or troubling new developments....

  • 1 month ago

    The real preventative healthcare is poverty alleviation

    APRIL 14 — As I write this column, I'm waiting for my new oven. I thought I'd given up on pandemic baking but my sourdough starter is healthy and well-fed; the cookies made on a...

  • 2 months ago

    Why are Malaysian Chinese the wrong Chinese?

    APRIL 7 — Twitter for me has become a place to commiserate with other non-Malays where we talk about erasure, colonialism and the everyday microaggressions we endure. I suppose...

  • 2 months ago

    We should all be honoured guests at the Malaysian table

    MARCH 31 — A friend tweeted how it annoyed her to read writing about Asian food that was obviously written for the “white gaze.” Yet the thing is while food is very much...

  • 2 months ago

    When was it DBP’s job to make excuses for racism?

    MARCH 24 — I have realised something about Malaysians: we make excuses for racism every day. We casually use Orang Asli tribe names as slurs and now the Dewan Bahasa and Pustaka...

  • 2 months ago

    10,000 ringgit sticks but no carrot

    MARCH 17 — It was bad enough when senior citizens couldn’t read alone in a park without being fined RM1,000 but the new menace of an RM10,000 fine is simply cruel. Police...

  • 3 months ago

    Time to tell your uncle to stop forwarding things on Facebook

    MARCH 10 — Social media has always been a cesspit of unsolicited opinions and problematic comments but the Harry-Meghan interview with Oprah Winfrey seems to have brought out...

  • 3 months ago

    Our mysteriously disappearing Cabinet

    MARCH 3 — If I could summarise one year under Perikatan Nasional in two words, they would be: quiet dreadful. As for two words that would describe the regular thoughts of the...

  • 3 months ago

    On 5G and our ever-bumbling bureaucracy

    FEBRUARY 24 — While the likes of China and Vietnam bustle along the 5G mobile pathway, Malaysia keeps changing its mind. At this rate by the time we start rolling out our first...

  • 3 months ago

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

    FEBRUARY 17 — My birthday is next week and for me, the best gift is knowing that the first batch of Covid-19 vaccines will arrive in Sabah the same day. Yet even though our...

  • 4 months ago

    The pandemic showed us the dangers of incompetence

    FEBRUARY 10 — I have been avoiding social media this month for the sake of my sanity as this job exposes me enough to current affairs. Likely there is plenty of anger to find...

  • 4 months 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...