Erna Mahyuni

Erna Mahyuni

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

Recent Opinions

  • 15 hours ago

    The Sedition Act must die, Pakatan

  • 1 week ago

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

  • 2 weeks ago

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

  • 3 weeks ago

    The National Digital Identity initiative is a security nightmare

More from Erna Mahyuni

  • 4 weeks 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...

  • 1 month 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...

  • 1 month 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...

  • 1 month 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....

  • 1 month 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...

  • 2 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,...

  • 2 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...

  • 2 months ago

    If 18-year-olds can marry and drive, let them vote

    JULY 3 — There are a few youngsters going online and saying “I’m too immature to vote, so I disagree with lowering the minimum voting age.” Come here and let Auntie Erna...

  • 2 months ago

    Malaysians need to be part of the solution

    JUNE 26 — It is annoying to see Malaysians caught up in the petty politicking that is PKR’s never-ending internal power struggles and the fun guessing game of when is “Tun...

  • 2 months ago

    If you can’t love yourself, that’s OK

    JUNE 19 — Last week, I spent an hour or so talking to students at a local private college. It was nice being around the young, the not-quite-disillusioned and those yet to step...

  • 3 months ago

    How Malaysia has learned nothing from Japan

    JUNE 12 — Look to the East, our former and current prime minister said. We look but Malaysians have yet to listen. It still upsets me that Malaysia is still on a pathway to...

  • 3 months ago

    The invisible, First World illnesses some can’t afford to have

    JUNE 5 — It’s too easy to judge people when they state their food preferences, to wrinkle your nose at people saying, “Oh, I don’t take gluten” or “Does this come with...

  • 3 months ago

    Breaking up with my broadband provider shouldn’t be so hard, MCMC

    MAY 29 — It’s been a nice couple of months with my new broadband provider but I have yet to fully sever ties with my old one. Not that I don’t want to, mind you, but like an...

  • 3 months ago

    We need to stop putting all the blame on our kids

    MAY 22 — As I settle into middle-age, I find it disconcerting how many youngsters and 20-somethings I meet with have some kind of anxiety. A quick dig for current statistics...

  • 4 months ago

    Sorry, Malaysians, you're still not white

    MAY 15 — I laughed when white race supremacists claimed they were being oppressed and claimed there was a secret plan for white genocide. Then I heard Isma saying the same but...