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 or on Twitter @boosulyn. She also has a website at

Recent Opinions

  • 12 hours ago

    Asean must stand up for themselves

  • 1 week ago

    Malaysia’s flaws are her strengths

  • 2 weeks ago

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

  • 3 weeks ago

    What I want for Merdeka

More from Boo Su-Lyn

  • 4 weeks 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...

  • 1 month 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...

  • 1 month 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...

  • 1 month 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...

  • 1 month 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...

  • 2 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...

  • 2 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...

  • 2 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,...

  • 2 months ago

    Time to see the bigger picture for the good of the nation

    JUNE 29 — Pakatan Harapan (PH) won federal government, took over eight states and the Federal Territories, and essentially has two-thirds majority in the Dewan Rakyat (including...

  • 2 months ago

    How Pakatan can fight the Umno spirit

    JUNE 22 — I was being my usual optimistic self about the future of the country, but he insisted that Umno would never die. This conversation happened several months ago. Barisan...

  • 3 months ago

    Coming home to #MalaysiaBaru

    JUNE 15 — When I touched down in my home country after spending seven weeks abroad (and missing the greatest historic event since Merdeka), I found that Malaysians still did not...

  • 3 months ago

    Living the American dream for six weeks

    JUNE 8 — A Chinese woman sold me a red “Make America Great Again” cap from her stall full of other pro-Trump merchandise in Washington DC where only outsiders would don...

  • 3 months ago

    The blossoming of Malaysian democracy

    MAY 25 — I will be honest; the new Pakatan Harapan (PH) federal government has got me excited about the very real possibility of institutional reforms. I was skeptical at first,...

  • 4 months ago

    Cede power for a stronger democracy

    MAY 18 — If Pakatan Harapan (PH) was serious about reform, it would immediately assure all Opposition representatives and Opposition-held states that they would receive fair and...

  • 4 months ago

    Dos and don’ts for the new Pakatan government

    MAY 11 — Now that the people have elected Pakatan Harapan (PH) as their first-ever alternate government to Barisan Nasional (BN), PH must show that they truly represent change....