Alwyn Lau

Alwyn Lau


Bookworm. Contrarian. Proud Malaysian. Or thereabouts. Tweets at @alwyn_lau

Recent Opinions

  • 3 weeks ago

    Talent stacking and why we need a range of skills

  • 1 month ago

    Covid-19: Our under-testing problem and why the solution is asymmetry

  • 1 month ago

    A tribute to Ravi Zacharias

  • 2 months ago

    E-learning vs traditional classrooms: Three areas we can exploit

More from Alwyn Lau

  • 2 months ago

    Hiding our defects vs hiding our qualities

    APRIL 27 — If we’ve been hiding our defects over time, we will break eventually. Someone who is more restrained with her qualities is better placed to avoid catastrophe....

  • 3 months ago

    Open letter from a Grab driver

    APRIL 15 — (A few days ago, I had a long chat with a friend who’s a Grab driver. What follows is essentially what he shared with me about the hardship faced by people working...

  • 3 months ago

    Good Friday: The healing/vaccine perspective

    APRIL 10 — Today is Good Friday.  It’s a day when Christians may look extra gloomy; it’s also an evening where you’d be wise to avoid roads next to huge churches...

  • 3 months ago

    Three ways Malaysians can respond faster in high-impact scenarios

    MARCH 24 — I hope by now most Malaysians would agree that this “movement restriction” slash quasi-lockdown slash closure-of-almost-everything should have happened earlier...

  • 3 months ago

    We need a conversation about risk and uncertainty

    MARCH 20 — About 90 per cent of the people who criticised the wisdom of allowing the tabligh convention at Masjid Jamek Sri Petaling would have just last week — barely 10 days...

  • 4 months ago

    Are you still using ‘flu analogies’ for Covid-19?

    MARCH 14 — So many Malaysians continue to “not worry” about Covid-19 by saying things like, “Oh, c’mon lah, flu also kill thousands of people ― why don’t you panic?...

  • 4 months ago

    Covid-19: Why schools, malls, etc should be closed temporarily

    MARCH 9 — In responding to the threat of Covid-19, there are two things a society must avoid.  The first is outright panic, manifested in panic-buying, which helps no one....

  • 4 months ago

    When personal ambition leads to democracy’s downfall

    MARCH 2 — The last week of February 2020 will be always be remembered as the day New Malaysia was dealt a near-fatal blow because many of the people whom the rakyat trusted to...

  • 4 months ago

    Malaysia’s ignored hazard: Trucks with bad tyres

    FEBRUARY 17 — Forget Covid-19 for a second. You know what’s really dangerous? Huge vehicles on the road.  Because at any given moment, a lorry or bus whose driver who...

  • 5 months ago

    Malaysians must say ‘no’ to panic buying

    FEBRUARY 10 — Imagine for a second your children suddenly hoarding food and supplies in their rooms: What would that say about your household? About the environment of trust and...

  • 5 months ago

    Surviving those crazy long festive traffic jams

    JANUARY 20 — So it’s Chinese New Year season again. ‘Tis the time when families reunite and usher in yet another year of good luck. And everybody’s happy and prosperous...

  • 6 months ago

    What the Bible missed about Christmas

    DECEMBER 24 — Each time I step into a mall in late December, I wonder if the Bible left out important things. Because it’s Christmas season and the book Christians hold as...

  • 6 months ago

    Liberals own social media, Conservatives own reality #UKElections2019

    DECEMBER 18 ― If you need proof that you shouldn’t equate your social media feed with what the world is really like, look no further than last week’s UK election results....

  • 7 months ago

    Why chess is definitely a sport

    DECEMBER 9 — First of all, congratulations to Yeoh Li Tian for taking the chess gold medal at the 30th Philippines SEA Games. As a guy whose school team couldn’t even get to...

  • 7 months ago

    So is it Pakatan Harapan or Pakistan Harapan?

    DECEMBER 2 — Four guys caned for having gay sex. A radical preacher from overseas remains protected. Child marriages remain legal. The LGBQT community remains threatened. A...