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

    How the election showed ‘change from within’ is a big, fat lie

  • 1 week ago

    Let’s not slip back into hero-worshipping ways

  • 2 weeks ago

    Malaysians, remember to be kind

  • 3 weeks ago

    Election fear mongers need a reality check

More from Erna Mahyuni

  • 1 month 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...

  • 1 month 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...

  • 1 month 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,...

  • 1 month 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...

  • 1 month 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...

  • 2 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...

  • 2 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...

  • 2 months ago

    Leaving education to the experts

    MARCH 7 ― Ah, that madness is on us again. The fever called the general election. As usual we're hearing honeyed promises from all quarters but one thing I wish we could do is...

  • 2 months ago

    Stop the obsession with how a person dresses

    FEBRUARY 28 — “Tudung, mana tudung?” (Hijab, where’s your hijab?) It’s a common refrain you see on social media usually directed at any local Muslim/Malay woman who...

  • 3 months ago

    Time to get a sense of humour

    FEBRUARY 21 — It’s hard to be a comedian in this country or any kind of entertainer, really. Even performing a play requires a copy of the script to be vetted by local...

  • 3 months ago

    When everything's fake news except when you agree

    FEBRUARY 14 ― “Fake news.” What a catchphrase. Thanks to Donald Trump, it no longer means “news that is inaccurate” but “news that clashes with my currently held...

  • 3 months ago

    Creativity is a Malaysian strength...and a weakness

    FEBRUARY 7 — Malaysians, a friend of mine said to me, are blessed with a lot more creativity than we know what to do with. We were having a drink in the early hours; we talked...

  • 3 months ago

    Divorce shouldn’t make victims of children

    JANUARY 31 — M. Indira Gandhi’s struggle in court to get her parental rights recognised is something divorcees would find familiar. At the heart of it, what happened was the...

  • 4 months ago

    The Sakai and Jakun are people, not insults

    JANUARY 24 — It was sobering to read a recent op-ed on another news portal about the sad history of the Orang Asli and how they were preyed upon by slavers. Like Australia’s...

  • 4 months ago

    Women can't say no because many don't know how to

    JANUARY 17 ― Reactions to the Aziz Ansari date disaster have been varied ― but what bothers me is the notion that the woman involved was “playing victim.” “Why didn't...