Alwyn Lau

Alwyn Lau

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

Recent Opinions

  • 5 days ago

    ‘Beg-packers’ are the least of Malaysia’s problems

  • 3 weeks ago

    The 12 paradoxes of Malaysian education

  • 1 month ago

    Durians are no laughing matter

  • 1 month ago

    A look at today’s ‘toreh diri’ phenomenon

More from Alwyn Lau

  • 2 months ago

    Is sexual fidelity necessary for public office?

    JUNE 17 — The recent sex video scandal has resurrected the spectre of “gutter politics” (or maybe it’s just proven that the gutter never left us) and exposed the factions...

  • 2 months ago

    It needn’t always be about ‘SOP’ #LatheefaKoya

    JUNE 10 — You’re the hiring manager of a certain department. There’s this person you’ve worked with over many years from a previous organisation. You trust him. Both of...

  • 2 months ago

    Tottenham Hotspur: The pain and the promise

    JUNE 4 — Sometimes I wish I could find a lamp in some desert cave, rub it and meet a genie who could either a) ensure Tottenham win the English Quadruple — the Premier League...

  • 3 months ago

    ‘Avengers: Endgame’ and Malaysia’s war against spoilers

    APRIL 29 — Humanity this week has been divided between those who have watched Avengers: Endgame, and those who haven’t. The first group, since Wednesday, has begun to behave...

  • 4 months ago

    On Judas: Rethinking history’s No. 1 traitor

    APRIL 15 — Over the next few days, Christians in Malaysia celebrate what’s called Holy Week in the Christian calendar. This period commemorates Jesus’ final week spent in...

  • 5 months ago

    Why anti-Grab taxi drivers get no sympathy

    MARCH 11 — Try this one day. Dress like a tourist. Pretend you don’t speak Malay. Carry a few shopping bags.  Hang out at the entrance Pavilion. Then pretend to want to...

  • 5 months ago

    The priority skill our kids need to learn: Meditation

    MARCH 4 — During the Tham Luang cave rescue last year, the 12 kids and their coach were trapped for more than a week before they were found by British divers. ...

  • 6 months ago

    Liam Neeson against virtue-signalling

    FEBRUARY 11 — Irish actor Liam Neeson’s recent confession to having murderous intentions towards black people (upon learning about his friend being raped) had predictably...

  • 6 months ago

    Why ‘Chinese (or Indian or Malay) only’ rooms for rent aren’t racist

    FEBRUARY 4 — A landlord puts out a sign as follows: “ROOM FOR RENT: MALAYSIAN CHINESE STUDENT ONLY”. Is that automatically and necessarily racist? Think about it....

  • 6 months ago

    Pakatan’s Cameron Highlands defeat not as bad as it looks

    JANUARY 28 — I’ve lost count of the number of tweets I’ve seen declaring (or insinuating) that Pakatan Harapan’s (PH) defeat at the recently concluded Cameron Highlands...

  • 7 months ago

    Learning should be strength-based (convex), not stress-filled (concave)

    JANUARY 21 — A new school year recently started. If the status quo persists, a small batch of learners will excel beyond all others, and another (hopefully very) small...

  • 7 months ago

    Online/public shaming and how it kills community

    JANUARY 14 — “We are defining the boundaries of normality by tearing apart everyone outside of it.” — Jon Ronson, So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed It was painful reading....

  • 7 months ago

    If smokers cared more, maybe there wouldn’t be a ban against smoking

    JANUARY 7 — I know, I know. The smoking ban at eateries has a puff load of problems. Many restaurant patrons-cum-smokers hail from the B40 class; there are already two dozen-ish...

  • 7 months ago

    ‘Dakwah’: From missions to missional?

    DECEMBER 31 — First, whatever I say here, it’s clear that Minister of Education Maszlee Malik should have chosen a phrase other than medan dakwah when urging religious...

  • 8 months ago

    Two surprising things about the 3 Wise Men of Christmas

    DECEMBER 24 — So it’s Christmas. The time when malls fill their atriums and centre courts with over-sized bells and trees from another altitude (or is it latitude?). There’s...