Erna Mahyuni

Erna Mahyuni

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

Recent Opinions

  • 16 hours ago

    Tech Takes: The thing about fitness trackers

  • 1 week ago

    It’s not a human right to spread secondhand smoke

  • 2 weeks ago

    The cruelest lie: That the poor do not try

  • 3 weeks ago

    You shouldn't have to kill yourself to change the world

More from Erna Mahyuni

  • 4 weeks ago

    Will we ever be free of political dynasties?

    DECEMBER 19 — I wish our politicans wouldn't approach their jobs as though politics was a family business. Might I suggest just opening a chain of sundry shops instead? Then no...

  • 1 month ago

    To my father, before I forget

    DECEMBER 12 — My father is ill. He pretends he really isn’t, but those are the words of a father telling his daughter nothing is wrong. Which as any child can tell you, is a...

  • 1 month ago

    Why I don't believe in unity

    DECEMBER 5 ― With the resurgence of white supremacy movements and increased nationalistic fervour the world over, I find constant talk of “unity” and “patriotism”...

  • 1 month ago

    Chill out, Malaysians, we're just growing up

    NOVEMBER 29 — Ah, the usual hand-wringing and "Is this the new Malaysia?" discourse. Malaysians really need to take a collective deep breath and have a glass of teh tarik. The...

  • 1 month ago

    Malaysia's constant pandering to 'development'

    NOVEMBER 21 ― Navigating New York's subway system was for me an interesting adventure. I've always loved trains; the hum and rattle, the sway of carriages are to me comforting...

  • 2 months ago

    The poor deserve dignity, Pakatan

    NOVEMBER 14 — Some mornings I wake up and wonder how I voted Tory without meaning to. That’s the general feeling I get whenever I hear our latest crop of politicians talk...

  • 2 months ago

    Please stop feeding the Nazis

    NOVEMBER 7 — By the time you read this, I’ll be half-dead after flying back from the US. The US, in many ways, has many strange parallels with us. US Republicans and Umno are...

  • 2 months ago

    Malaysia's wasted cottage industries

    OCTOBER 31 — Having just returned from a brief trip to Bangkok, I can't help but compare our tourism trade with theirs. There used to be a time when Thailand was mostly just...

  • 2 months ago

    Only one way to stop baby dumping

    OCTOBER 24 — Baby dumping has been going on for decades. We keep seeing lurid headlines, hearing politicians and religious leaders make a hue and cry. The dumping won’t stop...

  • 2 months ago

    Dear politicians: Digital IDs are a terrible idea

    OCTOBER 17 — I sometimes wonder if Malaysian politicians live in some sort of fact-sifting bubble where they don’t hear what they don’t want to hear. Case-in-point: Gobind...

  • 3 months ago

    Seeking God, but missing compassion

    OCTOBER 10 ― The frequent clashes between the ultra-religious and social liberals is nothing new. As predictable and as recurrent as the tides, a reality Malaysians need to see...

  • 3 months ago

    Malaysian liberals, the easy scapegoats

    OCTOBER 3 — Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim isn’t afraid of liberals. No, he’s afraid of the “super liberals” a term he’s coined to apparently label anyone threatening the...

  • 3 months ago

    Remember, Malaysians, you saved yourselves

    SEPTEMBER 26 — It’s been nearly two weeks but the hoopla around Billion Dollar Whale has yet to die down. A little cold water needs to be thrown here, alas. Sad as it is for...

  • 3 months ago

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

    SEPTEMBER 19 — I joke a lot about PKR being all about “justice for Anwar” over all things but the party has now become self-parodying. From the deputy prime minister to...

  • 4 months ago

    Public transport shouldn't be about profit

    SEPTEMBER 12 — Scrape below the Tourism Malaysia veneer, and Malaysians are at heart very much capitalist beings. We tolerate millionaire peddlers of mercury-laden whitening...