Boo Su-Lyn

Boo Su-Lyn


Boo Su-Lyn is a libertarian writer who believes in minimal state intervention in the economy and socio-political issues. Follow her at fb.com/boosulyn or on Twitter @boosulyn. She also has a website at www.boosulyn.com.

Recent Opinions

  • 1 week ago

    Why ratify ICERD now?

  • 2 weeks ago

    What I want from Budget 2019: Part 2

  • 3 weeks ago

    What I want from Budget 2019

  • 1 month ago

    Where are the women bosses?

More from Boo Su-Lyn

  • 1 month ago

    Don’t tax the middle class... again

    OCTOBER 12 — Nobody likes taxes. The prime minister warned us that the Pakatan Harapan (PH) government may impose new taxes to address the debt left by the Barisan...

  • 1 month ago

    Super-liberals need to get tough

    OCTOBER 5 — Super-liberals were predictably outraged at prime minister-in-waiting Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s coinage of the term to attack them. Anwar was annoyed...

  • 1 month ago

    Save lives, cut alcohol taxes

    SEPTEMBER 28 ― In 2016, the Barisan Nasional (BN) government raised the excise duty for locally-produced hard liquor by a whopping 150 per cent, from RM24 per litre to RM60. The...

  • 1 month ago

    Asean must stand up for themselves

    SEPTEMBER 21 ― My American friend Ken, a military veteran who did logistics work in the United States Navy, tried to explain to me what his job entailed, particularly in the...

  • 2 months ago

    Malaysia’s flaws are her strengths

    SEPTEMBER 14 ― My friends warned me to ensure that my African-American friend, Ken Porter, kept his passport on him at all times during his week-long visit to Malaysia and to...

  • 2 months ago

    I’m Asian, and I like ‘Crazy Rich Asians’

    SEPTEMBER 7 ― The negative reaction some Singaporeans have towards Crazy Rich Asians, which puts happens to put Singapore on the world map as it continues to top the United...

  • 2 months ago

    What I want for Merdeka

    AUGUST 31 — It is Merdeka under a new government. What a glorious day! Sixty-one years ago, we (Malaya) gained self-autonomy in order to steer our own path. In Tunku Abdul...

  • 2 months ago

    Making patient assistance programmes more transparent

    AUGUST 24 ― I tried to reassure a lung cancer patient ― who receives free doses of crizotinib (brand name Xalkori) on a patient assistance programme ― that the Ministry of...

  • 3 months ago

    The timidity of hope

    AUGUST 17 — When I was a child, I used to hope for things like getting straight As in exams (yes, I was bit of a nerd in school and most of the time, I did get those As). Before...

  • 3 months ago

    The case for competition in running airports

    AUG 10 — It is remarkable that even though flying is part of our lives and no longer a privilege of the rich, we are stuck with only one company running all airports except the...

  • 3 months ago

    What it means to be a Chinese Malaysian

    AUGUST 3 — I spent 20 minutes trying to read one paragraph of a news report in a Chinese daily, as my Chinese teacher patiently taught me what the characters meant. I am taking...

  • 3 months ago

    Disconnect between online and reality

    JULY 27 — My neighbour is the sweetest old makcik. She buys her vegetables from a Chinese man who drives to the neighbourhood in his truck. We greet each other all the...

  • 3 months ago

    Who should we respect?

    JULY 20 — When Donald Trump shook Queen Elizabeth’s hand instead of bowing to her, the United States president was accused of breaching royal protocol during his...

  • 4 months ago

    Should fiction be politically correct?

    JULY 13 — I was annoyed after watching the second season of 13 Reasons Why, a Netflix drama about a teenager committing suicide and leaving behind 13 tapes to explain why she...

  • 4 months ago

    Why I’m 'contrarian'

    JULY 6 — I have been called a lot of names throughout my career as a journalist and columnist — contrarian, provocative, pro-DAP, BN stooge, anti-Malay, Chinese traitor,...