Erna Mahyuni

Erna Mahyuni

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

Recent Opinions

  • 4 days ago

    Is the massive 5G hype distracting us from the basics?

  • 1 week ago

    Why isn’t it easier to get Malaysian food in Singapore?

  • 2 weeks ago

    The future of Malaysian food isn’t with the airlines

  • 3 weeks ago

    Malaysia needs new dreams in 2020

More from Erna Mahyuni

  • 1 month ago

    All I want for Christmas is a better approach to tech in Malaysia

    DECEMBER 25 — I got my honours degree in IT two decades ago and back then, IT was seen as a field full of potential. We even had our national sweetheart Datuk Siti Nurhaliza...

  • 1 month ago

    Straws aren't the answer to fixing our natural disasters

    DECEMBER 18 — I spent most of Sunday sleeping; it was cold and the sky was heavily overcast. It was cold enough that I kept checking if I'd left the air conditioning on by...

  • 1 month ago

    Get arrested for the right reasons

    DECEMBER 11 — One interesting development after the last general election is more Malaysians being ridiculously vocal on social media. I thought I got more brickbats thrown at...

  • 1 month ago

    Dear politicians, governing isn’t a moneymaking scheme

    DECEMBER 4 — It isn’t Malaysian politics if there isn’t infighting though one political party seems determined to win that category in the Malaysian Politicking Olympics....

  • 1 month ago

    When your country doesn't love you back, you look for love elsewhere

    NOVEMBER 27 — I angered quite a few people from a certain minority race in Malaysia with my last column. Truthfully it was not my intent but neither do I have regrets. Can you...

  • 2 months ago

    Of Malaysians and their strange solidarity with China

    NOVEMBER 20 — It’s a day like today where I need reminding that not everyone shares my worldview. Yet I cannot help but be disturbed by the comments I’m seeing from...

  • 2 months ago

    About the disabled heroes who taught me how to live

    NOVEMBER 13 — I don’t like poverty porn. If you haven’t heard of it, it is just the depiction of poverty to a level that is exploitative and dishonest. It also wearies me...

  • 2 months ago

    Malaysia’s troubling love of monopolies

    NOVEMBER 6 — For all the talk we hear from politicians about making Malaysia more conducive for business, we are doing very little to enforce the anti-competitive legislation we...

  • 2 months ago

    Keeping our kids safe at night

    OCTOBER 30 — In 2017, eight teenage cyclists died after being hit by a car at 3am. As predicted, because the driver and cyclists are of different races, it has become a prime...

  • 3 months ago

    A love letter to the people who don't feel like living anymore

    OCTOBER 23 — With skies of grey and days of constant rain, it's not hard to see why many people are getting a case of the blues. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a real...

  • 3 months ago

    Let the poor have nice things

    OCTOBER 16 — It is funny how Malaysians can get worked up when poor people show any sign of being less than materially destitute. Take recent events, where a college graduate...

  • 3 months ago

    Where we’re getting it wrong about youth employment

    OCTOBER 9 — There was once a time where I thought the spiel about “university courses not reflecting industry demand” was a reasonable one. Then I remembered what...

  • 3 months ago

    We can’t expect Malaysia to get ahead by keeping our people poor

    OCTOBER 2 — I wonder if there is a copy of Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged in every ministry official’s desk. My pet theory is that it might even have been there before the last...

  • 4 months ago

    Bubble tea — Kryptonite in a cup

    SEPTEMBER 25 — The long lines at bubble tea shops seem ludicrous to people who don’t have a sweet tooth. If you like dessert, however, and you don’t mind it in liquid form,...

  • 4 months ago

    The Sedition Act must die, Pakatan

    SEPTEMBER 18 — What is alarming about the Pakatan government is the short memory of its politicians. Too many have forgotten the fear and panic caused by middle-of-the-night...