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

    About the disabled heroes who taught me how to live

  • 1 week ago

    Malaysia’s troubling love of monopolies

  • 2 weeks ago

    Keeping our kids safe at night

  • 3 weeks ago

    A love letter to the people who don't feel like living anymore

More from Erna Mahyuni

  • 4 weeks 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...

  • 1 month ago

    Where we’re getting it wrong about youth employment

    OCTOBER 9 — There was once a time where I thought the spiel about “university courses not reflecting industry demand” was a reasonable one. Then I remembered what...

  • 1 month ago

    We can’t expect Malaysia to get ahead by keeping our people poor

    OCTOBER 2 — I wonder if there is a copy of Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged in every ministry official’s desk. My pet theory is that it might even have been there before the last...

  • 1 month ago

    Bubble tea — Kryptonite in a cup

    SEPTEMBER 25 — The long lines at bubble tea shops seem ludicrous to people who don’t have a sweet tooth. If you like dessert, however, and you don’t mind it in liquid form,...

  • 1 month ago

    The Sedition Act must die, Pakatan

    SEPTEMBER 18 — What is alarming about the Pakatan government is the short memory of its politicians. Too many have forgotten the fear and panic caused by middle-of-the-night...

  • 2 months ago

    Why is the ‘lazy native’ myth still being propagated by our own government?

    SEPTEMBER 11 — The bootstrapping myth is both pervasive and insidious. Sadly, it’s one that too many of our politicians believe. In this magical fairy tale scenario any person...

  • 2 months ago

    Ceritalah: Let’s not be afraid of telling our stories of depression

    SEPTEMBER 4 — As much as social media gets derided these days, I’m thankful it exists. I have certainly leveraged it career-wise but what makes social media for me are the...

  • 2 months ago

    The National Digital Identity initiative is a security nightmare

    AUGUST 28 — The Cabinet green-lit a Trojan Horse earlier this week. I'm not sure who suggested the National Digital ID but it is an absolutely terrible idea. The justification...

  • 2 months ago

    Why choosing to vote is always the right choice

    AUGUST 21 — It’s amusing how the two loudest advocates for the Undi Rosak movement are crowing, saying their actions were justified. Obviously like too many Malaysians they...

  • 3 months ago

    Why are we prioritising cars over people?

    AUGUST 14 — If there’s one thing I would attribute to our current and former prime minister, it’s my hatred of cars. I understand that for some, cars are a necessity in...

  • 3 months ago

    Time to do more for those with mental illnesses

    AUGUST 7 — It was disturbing to read about US President Donald Trump laying the blame for shootings on mental illness and videogames. Now a proposal is being bandied about to...

  • 3 months ago

    What Malaysian tourism is missing is imagination

    JULY 31 — I spent a few days in Thailand for a concert and while it was a nice sojourn, it was also a depressing reminder how far Malaysia lags behind our nearest neighbours....

  • 3 months ago

    What now for Malaysia’s newly-empowered youth?

    JULY 24 — The dust has settled; Malaysians will now automatically be registered to vote once they turn 18. Momentous political milestone aside, the question is not so much how...

  • 3 months ago

    Perhaps it’s time to phase out Malaysian race-based parties

    JULY 17 — “Nothing’s going to change/has changed/will change,” I hear Malaysians grumble. Not surprising really, as complaining is perhaps the No. 1 Malaysian pastime,...

  • 4 months ago

    Why are adult Malaysians insisting they’re still youths?

    JULY 10 — The debate over what constitutes a “youth” is still going on in Malaysia and it’s bordering the ridiculous. My personal favourite argument for allowing...