Erna Mahyuni

Erna Mahyuni

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

Recent Opinions

  • 1 day ago

    Malaysian politicians find sorry to be the hardest word

  • 1 week ago

    Sabah, discarded again

  • 2 weeks ago

    The Covid-19 spike accountability game

  • 3 weeks ago

    When your sadness comes, like snow, with the season

More from Erna Mahyuni

  • 4 weeks 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...

  • 1 month 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...

  • 1 month 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...

  • 1 month 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...

  • 1 month 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...

  • 2 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...

  • 2 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....

  • 2 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...

  • 2 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...

  • 3 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,...

  • 3 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...

  • 3 months ago

    What will it take to get Malaysia to revise the poverty line?

    JULY 8 —  Reading a UN report about Malaysia's creative fibbing about poverty in the country was unpleasant. Philip Alston, the Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and...

  • 3 months ago

    250-people gatherings? Maybe it's not the time

    JULY 1 — It feels odd to see regulations being loosened to have gatherings of 250 people while at the same time, being told to not organise them if SOPs cannot be followed. The...

  • 3 months ago

    Why must something go viral to matter?

    JUNE 24 — The world is crazy enough that I've rationed my time on Twitter to a few quick scrolls a day. It still gave me time to spy a Tweet from an ex-colleague who was a...

  • 4 months ago

    Poverty alleviation in Malaysia and what we could learn from China

    JUNE 17 — One of the biggest problems with the internet age is that shutting yourself off from the news is near-impossible unless you ignore the internet altogether. My...