Erna Mahyuni

Erna Mahyuni

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

Recent Opinions

  • 5 days ago

    Sorry, Malaysians, you're still not white

  • 1 week ago

    How not to do ‘Visit Malaysia Year’

  • 2 weeks ago

    Malaysians need to get over their K-pop prejudices

  • 3 weeks ago

    Why so impatient, Barisan?

More from Erna Mahyuni

  • 1 month ago

    Tech Takes: Are the new smartphones creep enablers?

    APRIL 17 — I used to think limited optical zoom capabilities on smartphones was a bad thing. Am not sure about that anymore. The age of ultra-zoom smartphones potentially...

  • 1 month ago

    Makan Apa: The curse (and blessing) of your neighbourhood’s popularity

    APRIL 10 — Every so often, you get someone from Penang/Ipoh/Subang/TTDI and some other popular local hotspot saying, “Can’t you all stop coming here and causing traffic...

  • 1 month ago

    Tech Takes: Do we really need so many digital wallets?

    APRIL 3 — Much as I think having plenty of options is great, I’m finding the overwhelming amount of digital payment options a mite overwhelming. From Boost to WeChat, Samsung...

  • 1 month ago

    Makan Apa: Winning the Malaysia-Singapore food war

    MARCH 27 — It’s become a little ridiculous how often Malaysians make noise about Singaporeans “claiming” Malaysian food.  We moaned at Crazy Rich...

  • 2 months ago

    TechTakes: It's time to stop sharing hate on social media

    MARCH 20 — Too many of us are unwittingly enabling purveyors of hate speech. It happens each time we retweet or share messages of a hateful nature. In the beginning, I supposed...

  • 2 months ago

    #MakanApa:The love we try to find in food

    MARCH 13 — It is a defining characteristic of Malaysians that we are generally obsessed with food — talking about food, while we’re eating, and already planning the next...

  • 2 months ago

    What to do when your telco/Internet provider lets you down

    MARCH 6 — I find myself in the unenviable position of having to lodge a police report against my broadband provider. How did it come to this? It was supposed to be a routine...

  • 2 months ago

    #MakanApa: Holding fast to the food we love

    FEBRUARY 27 — I spent my birthday lounging in a hotel bed, watching silly TV. A show came on that was talking about Singapore’s “dying” heritage cuisine. Mr so-called...

  • 3 months ago

    The bigger China picture

    FEBRUARY 20 — If you take a look at the bigger picture, the Huawei situation is really about politics. China is an emerging superpower, despite not having truly achieved...

  • 3 months ago

    MakanApa: Can we stop putting cheese on everything?

    FEBRUARY 13 — Last week on Twitter, my timeline was full of disgusting things disguised as food. I’m talking about the cheesy char kuey teow that went viral. It was...

  • 3 months ago

    To the reader who wanted some privacy advice

    FEBRUARY 6 — Happy Chinese New Year, dearest readers! The gods have decided to rain pineapple tarts on me and I hope they were as generous to you. A reader emailed me with a...

  • 3 months ago

    Why it’s hard to make Malaysians care about security?

    JANUARY 30 — The concept of physical security is easy to explain to most Malaysians; witness the heavy grilles on doors and windows, the automated security doors on houses. But...

  • 3 months ago

    #MakanApa: Remembering my mother's 'poor people' cooking

    JANUARY 23 — Poverty is often misunderstood because people think it looks like a UN donations poster — skeletal children lying in a wasteland. In reality we are surrounded by...

  • 4 months ago

    Tech Takes: The thing about fitness trackers

    JANUARY 16 — I have a confession to make: I am a yo-yo dieter. Every so often I will go on a health regimen, drop pounds and once I reach a comfortable weight, I will go back to...

  • 4 months ago

    It’s not a human right to spread secondhand smoke

    JANUARY 9 — The way some smokers are going around moaning as though they’re a persecuted minority is irksome. Look, the research is there. The danger of secondhand smoke is...