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

    Please stop feeding the Nazis

  • 1 week ago

    Malaysia's wasted cottage industries

  • 2 weeks ago

    Only one way to stop baby dumping

  • 3 weeks ago

    Dear politicians: Digital IDs are a terrible idea

More from Erna Mahyuni

  • 1 month ago

    Seeking God, but missing compassion

    OCTOBER 10 ― The frequent clashes between the ultra-religious and social liberals is nothing new. As predictable and as recurrent as the tides, a reality Malaysians need to see...

  • 1 month ago

    Malaysian liberals, the easy scapegoats

    OCTOBER 3 — Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim isn’t afraid of liberals. No, he’s afraid of the “super liberals” a term he’s coined to apparently label anyone threatening the...

  • 1 month ago

    Remember, Malaysians, you saved yourselves

    SEPTEMBER 26 — It’s been nearly two weeks but the hoopla around Billion Dollar Whale has yet to die down. A little cold water needs to be thrown here, alas. Sad as it is for...

  • 1 month ago

    PKR needs to be less of a cult and more of a party

    SEPTEMBER 19 — I joke a lot about PKR being all about “justice for Anwar” over all things but the party has now become self-parodying. From the deputy prime minister to...

  • 2 months ago

    Public transport shouldn't be about profit

    SEPTEMBER 12 — Scrape below the Tourism Malaysia veneer, and Malaysians are at heart very much capitalist beings. We tolerate millionaire peddlers of mercury-laden whitening...

  • 2 months ago

    Why do we like blaming the poor for what they eat?

    SEPTEMBER 5 ― Malaysians eat too much, eat too badly, so blare the headlines every other month. It is frankly quite annoying to be honest. Yes, we have high diabetes and obesity...

  • 2 months ago

    Tun, give money to the poor, not cars

    AUGUST 29 ― With our prime minister stubbornly insisting on starting another national car project and various politicians agreeing with him about removing BR1M, it's pretty...

  • 2 months ago

    The dangerous politics of austerity

    AUGUST 22 ― I am alarmed and disheartened by some of the nonsense being spouted by our politicians about our economy. The way they talk, it's as if we're pre-bailout Greece,...

  • 2 months ago

    Malaysia’s mysterious ‘gay agenda’

    AUGUST 15 — You would think there is a secret gay army out to destroy the world, with the extent of LGBT-related news dominating headlines on a daily basis. It’s not just...

  • 3 months ago

    A little too soon for government report cards

    AUGUST 8 — Just five more months until the end of 2018 but it feels as though a year has already passed. This quick-seeming passing of time has also led Malaysians to start...

  • 3 months ago

    Why are we legalising paedophilia, Malaysia?

    AUGUST 1 — While neighbouring Indonesia has decided to ban child marriage, in Malaysia we have people protesting in defence of it. A child activist once told me, “We don’t...

  • 3 months ago

    Laws are not for protecting your feelings

    JULY 25 — The news about a law designed to make sure it’s illegal to insult anyone’s faith troubles me. Anti-discrimination laws are fine, but making it illegal to make any...

  • 3 months ago

    Dear government, make people pay taxes

    JULY 18 — It is now as easy as going to a 7-11 to make a donation to Tabung Harapan. How convenient! How absolutely unnecessary. I am tired of the continual mantra about the...

  • 4 months ago

    We can’t keep defending child marriages, Malaysia

    JULY 11 — It looks like the man who courted an 11-year-old same-age friend of his daughter was fined RM1,800 and had his marriage legally recognised. Despite the outrage from...

  • 4 months ago

    The problem has never been women

    JULY 4 — “Lean in.” “Be aggressive.” “Don’t be too aggressive.” “Don’t try to be a man.” “Don’t do these things women are too prone to do.” Reading all...