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

    On my birthday, I promise to continue being me

  • 1 week ago

    Malaysia needs to be a better place for the arts and content creators

  • 2 weeks ago

    On the coronavirus and ugly Malaysians

  • 3 weeks ago

    How not to get arrested for sharing fake news

More from Erna Mahyuni

  • 1 month ago

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

    JANUARY 22 — Over the weekend there was a lot of talk from politicians about how 5G would revolutionise how we do things. Beyond the hoopla, there seems to be an imbalance in...

  • 1 month ago

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

    JANUARY 15 — “So-and-so invited you to like their page.” It’s something I get a lot on Facebook but this was new — a Malaysian nasi lemak stall in Singapore. It was cool...

  • 1 month ago

    The future of Malaysian food isn’t with the airlines

    JANUARY 8 — A while back I was in San Jose, California, with a couple of other journalists. I made fun of them at the time for choosing to eat at, of all places, a Malaysian...

  • 1 month ago

    Malaysia needs new dreams in 2020

    JANUARY 1 — Looking at the date change on my computer, it feels surreal. It takes me back to my teens and reading that old manifesto, thinking that Wawasan 2020 was far off in...

  • 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...

  • 2 months 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...

  • 2 months 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...

  • 2 months 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....

  • 2 months 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...

  • 3 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...

  • 3 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...

  • 3 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...

  • 3 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...

  • 4 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...

  • 4 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...