Erna Mahyuni

Erna Mahyuni

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

Recent Opinions

  • 6 days ago

    'Rakyat jaga rakyat' is not uplifting, but a sad necessity

  • 1 week ago

    Propagandists are not the solution to the ‘rakyat’s’ woes

  • 2 weeks ago

    Letting hope take root, even in the shifting sands of politics

  • 3 weeks ago

    It's more income, not financial literacy that the poor need

More from Erna Mahyuni

  • 1 month ago

    Malaysian politicians find sorry to be the hardest word

    OCTOBER 21 — The average Malaysian should look as flat as a roti canai by now at the rate the government keeps throwing the rakyat under the bus. Because it's not enough to...

  • 1 month ago

    Sabah, discarded again

    OCTOBER 14 — It was an expected outcome after the election; that after it ended, Sabah's welfare would again be on the backburner. Putting the state under a semi-lockdown is but...

  • 1 month ago

    The Covid-19 spike accountability game

    OCTOBER 7 — The recent Covid-19 spikes shouldn't have surprised anyone closely following the upturn in cases. What should be present right now is accountability, but of course,...

  • 1 month ago

    When your sadness comes, like snow, with the season

    SEPTEMBER 30 — Japanese actress Yuko Takeuchi passed unexpectedly last Sunday. Her death is a tragedy but what is also tragic to me is how callously media from her own country...

  • 2 months ago

    Maybe we should stop pretending the world isn’t on fire

    SEPTEMBER 23 — A popular meme on the internet shows a cartoon dog, sitting in a room where everything is on fire. The dog, instead of attempting escape, calmly says, “It is...

  • 2 months ago

    Sabah’s election run-up is a reminder of our polarisation

    SEPTEMBER 16 — There is a lot riding on the Sabah election. A little too much, in fact.  You would think I would be used to all the political mudslinging by now but it has...

  • 2 months ago

    It shouldn’t be so hard for our politicians to apologise

    SEPTEMBER 9 — “I miss our last government,” I told a colleague. “At most, I’d be making fun of Lim Guan Eng’s Grim Reaper impression each time he gave a press...

  • 2 months ago

    The money-making schemes need to stop

    SEPTEMBER 2 — “Which ministry ah sending all those Merdeka SMS?” That’s the gist of angry Facebook messages and tweets I’m getting. Whoever is gleefully abusing the...

  • 2 months ago

    Colour blindness is the new apathy

    AUGUST 26 — One annoying new Malaysian catchphrase is acah woke (thinking you’re “woke”) that is often used to gaslight discussions about things seen as problematic now...

  • 3 months ago

    Voting shouldn’t be expensive in Malaysia

    AUGUST 20 — I worry about the upcoming election in Sabah and whether the turnout will be lower than expected, due to the challenges of logistics as well as the ever looming...

  • 3 months ago

    Logic seems to have vacated Parliament

    AUGUST 12 — I'm still not over having a “new” government. You don't usually wake up one morning to find you have a new prime minister as well as a new political coalition....

  • 3 months ago

    Malaysia has always been ‘broken’, and that’s just fine

    AUGUST 5 — Growing up in the 90s, 2020 was, to most Malaysian youngsters then, a far-off ideal and a promise of an exciting and prosperous future. Fast forward a few decades...

  • 3 months ago

    Domestic violence is a public, not private matter

    JULY 29 — It has been interesting seeing the reactions to the recent incidents involving the couple behind the Sugu Pavithra YouTube channel. What started out as a nation's...

  • 4 months ago

    What money do you want us to spend?

    JULY 22 — The last week or so, it felt as though the government had spent a lot of time stating the obvious. The poverty line has been revised (at last) and on another note,...

  • 4 months ago

    Saving Malaysia from old men

    JULY 15 — Perlis has become the second state after Sabah to lower the voting age to 18. It is a move long overdue for the rest of the country because it is clear we have been...