Erna Mahyuni

Erna Mahyuni

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

Recent Opinions

  • 8 hours ago

    On surviving yet another year of the pandemic

  • 1 week ago

    Taliban-obsessed politicians need to care more about Malaysians

  • 2 weeks ago

    It's 2021 and everything's still broken

  • 3 weeks ago

    Maybe women should keep having sex, but stop having children

More from Erna Mahyuni

  • 4 weeks ago

    Painting the house when the pipes are leaking

    NOVEMBER 3 — Ah yes, the Budget announcement or “event likely to raise my blood pressure” just happened.  For my mental health I refused to watch it “live” as a...

  • 1 month ago

    Big Tech, Google included, need to be held accountable

    OCTOBER 27 — Facebook is under a lot of scrutiny for questionable practices and what seems to be an unwillingness to consider the harm its practices have caused. I would...

  • 1 month ago

    The pandemic lessons forgotten too soon

    OCTOBER 20 — I was rewatching the Hunger Games films over the weekend and it struck me how much a lot of it paralleled our current situation. Children being made to compete in a...

  • 1 month ago

    Stop race-splaining, Malaysians

    OCT 13 — As sure as the sun rises in the east, whenever Malaysian Indians bemoan the use of that word that starts with “k”, some non-Indian will go, “Well, actually,...

  • 1 month ago

    When is our nation going to start healing?

    OCTOBER 6 — I am on another mental health break, also called “clearing my leave because it's not following me to the grave.” The first day started with me being woken up by...

  • 2 months ago

    Is there a plan to let our kids be smart?

    SEPTEMBER 29 — I have lived long enough to have seen the results and proposals of more than one Malaysian Plan and really, I do wish we would try to stop achieving the...

  • 2 months ago

    We really need to start ignoring terrible people on Twitter

    SEPTEMBER 22 — Ah yes, another week of my rationing time on Twitter and it has been great for productivity and my mental health. I won't lie; there have been many times when I...

  • 2 months ago

    On getting fitter by quitting Twitter

    SEPTEMBER 15 — Taking care of your health these days has become very data-driven as the companies making very good money from selling fitness trackers will tell you. Xiaomi this...

  • 2 months ago

    Will our new normal be a safe normal for everyone?

    SEPTEMBER 8 — I got my hair cut on Monday.  It was an afterthought; being in the area for a dental appointment, it made sense to stop by the hairdresser. There was fear and...

  • 3 months ago

    When my rice cooker is smarter than some politicians

    SEPTEMBER 1 — My body’s stress response is predictable and often inconvenient: I fall asleep. Perhaps it’s a failsafe to prevent my blood pressure from rising or to...

  • 3 months ago

    Of shattered glass, terrible couriers, and claypot chicken rice

    AUG 25 — I had a bad Monday.  Trying to be safe and responsible, I ordered new fluorescent bulb replacements online but they arrived shattered and bent thanks to a certain...

  • 3 months ago

    No, worm pills are still not going to save you

    AUGUST 18 — A reader wrote to me about my last column, saying that while he usually liked what I wrote this time he had to disagree with my ivermectin stance. He wrote: “If I...

  • 3 months ago

    Covid-19: Grasping for a miracle cure

    AUGUST 11 — I joined the “lost family members to Covid” club this week. Granted these were distant cousins but the news was still disheartening. What was unpleasant was...

  • 3 months ago

    AstraZeneca isn’t a threat, but vaccine selectiveness is the bigger danger

    AUGUST 4 — A recent study found that the safety profiles of AstraZeneca’s Vaxzevria vaccine and Pfizer’s Corminaty were similar. It’s good news but the damage done by EU...

  • 4 months ago

    Mask 101 or how to buy and wear them correctly

    JULY 28 — After watching highlights and following Parliament proceedings on social media, alas, dear reader, I had to scrap the column I wrote on the weekend. It seems many of...