Alwyn Lau

Alwyn Lau


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

Recent Opinion

  • 3 days ago

    How ‘The First Purge’ mirrors the Sedition Act

  • 1 week ago

    The minority rule and why extremism persists in Malaysia

  • 2 weeks ago

    Malaysians and their addiction to smartphones

  • 3 weeks ago

    #BlackSchoolShoes: It’s kind of a big deal

More from Alwyn Lau

  • 1 month ago

    How the Thai cave rescue mirrors consumerist ideology

    JULY 16 — The good has no existence outside of the barriers we erect around realising it. — Todd McGowan It’s no longer controversial to suggest that people love their...

  • 1 month ago

    Child marriages, private morality and public justice

    JULY 9 — The on-going controversy over the marriage of an 11-year-old girl to a 41-year-old man was given more fuel recently when Kelantan deputy mentri besar Datuk Mohd...

  • 1 month ago

    Trump and Mahathir: Both masters of the long game?

    JUNE 28 ― I once witnessed a masterclass in “negotiating” displayed by a 12-year old. He asked his parents if the family could visit Singapore during the holidays. He...

  • 1 month ago

    Israel, Hamas and the UN General Assembly

    JUNE 20 — Last week the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) adopted yet another resolution condemning Israel.  This time it was for her use of excessive force against...

  • 2 months ago

    The silly hue and cry over unequal MP allocations

    JUNE 11 — There was an outcry last week because the Federal government announced that Pakatan Harapan (PH) MPs will receive RM500,000 whereas Opposition MPs get only a fifth of...

  • 2 months ago

    Ireland’s abortion referendum: Should Malaysia pay (more) attention?

    JUNE 4 — After almost a month of fast and furious election/political news from Malaysia, I think it may help to turn our eyes overseas for a bit.  While I believe it’s...

  • 2 months ago

    Noise and signal in Malaysian politics

    MAY 28 ― Noise is superficial, fun. Noise titillates. Signal is meaningful, informative. Signal lasts. Noise is if you buy stocks and you spend more than half a day staring at...

  • 2 months ago

    RPK’s RM100k bet and why predictions must be costly

    MAY 21 — On April Fool’s Day, (in)famous blogger Raja Petra Kamaruddin (RPK) made a RM100,000 bet on the outcome of GE14. RPK challenged anyone — but in particular news...

  • 3 months ago

    Mahathir, Luke Skywalker and Malaysia’s vanishing mediators

    MAY 14 — I recall the time American preacher cum activist Tony Campolo used the F-word during a sermon in a church many years ago.  As he predicted (in the sermon itself),...

  • 3 months ago

    Once upon a time in Athens: The story of democracy’s birth

    MAY 7 — As May 9 draws nearer, every Malaysian has his/her WhatsApp feeds filled with news, statistics, ”news”, electoral procedures, funny vids, sad...

  • 3 months ago

    The paradoxes of being ‘happy’

    APRIL 30 — “If you want to remain happy, just remain stupid.” — Slavoj Žižek I reckon Malaysians are more certain that they want Happy than they are about what...

  • 3 months ago

    Freedom of speech and quiet places

    APRIL 23 ― We all live in quiet places. We can’t speak beyond a certain level, we can’t say what’s on our minds. We must voice our thoughts carefully, if at all. We must...

  • 4 months ago

    Malaysia's migrant workers

    APRIL 16 — In every nation, there are groups which are excluded in order that social order can sustain itself. There is a political price some segments of the country must pay...

  • 4 months ago

    Truth, lies and the new anti-fake news law

    APRIL 9 — There is this comic strip in which three men are asked what they enjoy doing in their free time. Each person mentions a particular hobby eg. playing a...

  • 4 months ago

    Was Jesus a Conservative (Right) or Liberal (Left)?

    APRIL 2 — Conservative/Right: To conserve and maintain traditional values and practices. Liberal/Left: To improve and construct fresh ways of thinking. Our world is becoming...