Alwyn Lau

Alwyn Lau


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

Recent Opinions

  • 5 days ago

    An ADHD-er shares some thoughts on his condition

  • 2 weeks ago

    Has ‘Mulan’ brought honour to family entertainment?

  • 2 weeks ago

    A theological reason for not banning alcohol

  • 1 month ago

    When pet owners don’t take their animals to the vet

More from Alwyn Lau

  • 1 month ago

    On our abused and expendable migrant workforce

    AUGUST 3 — “Employers must not abuse their workers.”  This sounds as natural and obvious as “chicken rice should include chicken,” but this is not the case — it...

  • 3 months ago

    Talent stacking and why we need a range of skills

    JUNE 22 — I have a former colleague who has an impressive set of skills. She was a great lecturer (all her students loved her) and she was also very eloquent and a wonderful...

  • 3 months ago

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

    JUNE 1 ― Recently, the daily number of confirmed Covid-19 cases have been moving so erratically it’s like they were playing dodgy hide-and-seek with us. For two or three weeks...

  • 4 months ago

    A tribute to Ravi Zacharias

    MAY 21 — On Tuesday morning, world-famous Christian evangelist Ravi Zacharias died of cancer. I recall, more than 20 years ago, walking out of the SS2 Evangel bookshop...

  • 4 months ago

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

    MAY 4 — E-learning remains an enigma. On one hand, during this movement control order (MCO) we don’t have any choice but to go online and most likely learning from...

  • 4 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....

  • 5 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...

  • 5 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...

  • 6 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...

  • 6 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...

  • 6 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?...

  • 6 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....

  • 6 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...

  • 7 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...

  • 7 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...