Erna Mahyuni

Erna Mahyuni

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

Recent Opinion

  • 4 days ago

    Dear government, make people pay taxes

  • 1 week ago

    We can’t keep defending child marriages, Malaysia

  • 2 weeks ago

    The problem has never been women

  • 3 weeks ago

    When #MalaysiaBaru is #MalaysiaSensitif

More from Erna Mahyuni

  • 1 month 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...

  • 1 month 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...

  • 1 month 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...

  • 1 month 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...

  • 1 month 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...

  • 2 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...

  • 2 months ago

    Malaysians, remember to be kind

    MAY 9 ― It's been a rough week with tensions so high it feels as though we're all holding our collective breaths. The problem with such a short campaigning period is there seems...

  • 2 months ago

    Election fear mongers need a reality check

    MAY 2 — Apparently there are Malaysians who are planning to run away to foreign countries “in case” trouble erupts during the election. There are also Malaysians telling...

  • 2 months ago

    Leave the racist diatribe in the gutter

    APRIL 25 ― There's one thing I love about election season: my neighbourhood looks much better. I can expect potholes fixed, freshly tarred roads, cleaner drains and sidewalks as...

  • 3 months ago

    The unusual appeal of dictators

    APRIL 18 — It puzzles me that in countries where democracy is said to be practised, their citizens are still drawn to dictators — or dictatorial style. The thing about the...

  • 3 months ago

    The best election ever

    APRIL 11 — Twitter was, as expected, on fire once the general election date was announced. At first it was mostly people upset at the inconvenient choice of a weekday. But then,...

  • 3 months ago

    Food: The great Malaysian uniter

    APRIL 4 — The great rendang debacle was very amusing but also a bit tragic. Food, apparently, hits the kind of nerve that gets Malaysians all impassioned to fight and even make...

  • 3 months ago

    How to use social media and not get arrested

    MARCH 28 — My old childhood nemesis, sinusitis, has returned which means I am currently spending most of my time trying not to suffocate on green snot. Which leaves me with no...

  • 4 months ago

    Prisoners of our data

    MARCH 21 — As I’ve said before Malaysians have a lack of appreciation of the importance of data security. The notion that our personal data is floating around in various...

  • 4 months ago

    The seasoned journo's guide to surviving the election

    MARCH 14 — It is that time when Malaysian headlines become nearly impossible to tell apart from the Onion's. The time when even toughened crime beat reporters cry because even...