Alwyn Lau

Alwyn Lau


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

Recent Opinions

  • 1 week ago

    When MCO means 'must come office'

  • 3 weeks ago

    Corruption in Malaysia 'not yet a pandemic'? Really?

  • 4 weeks ago

    A former alcoholic shares his story

  • 1 month ago

    What is ‘natural’ sex anyway?

More from Alwyn Lau

  • 1 month ago

    20+ reasons why I don’t turn on my video in Zoom

    MARCH 22 — Because I just don’t feel like it. Because most people don’t. Because turning on the video feels like an obligation or a requirement; and that’s just no fun....

  • 1 month ago

    The answer to fake speech is more speech, not suppression

    MARCH 15 — That’s according to Louis Brandeis, a former Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.  He declared that the constitutional remedy to...

  • 2 months ago

    Doing our part to help the country reopen

    MARCH 9 — Since last March, I’ve written extensively on the need for caution — even hyper-caution — when it comes to avoiding being infected with Covid-19.  I was...

  • 2 months ago

    Hyper-scheduling in a time of lockdown

    MARCH 1 — One of the most important “normals” the pandemic and lockdown have overhauled is our modes of meeting, learning and conferencing.  Like it or not, since last...

  • 2 months ago

    The Ravi Zacharias scandal and addiction

    FEBRUARY 22 — Around last Christmas, it was confirmed that Ravi Zacharias, world-famous Christian evangelist and apologist who died in May 2020, was in all likelihood guilty of...

  • 2 months ago

    Six ang pow ‘rules’ to remember

    FEBRUARY 15 — Many years ago, my family was in Singapore celebrating Chinese New Year. On the second or third day, we went to visit an elderly aunty, had lunch, said goodbye and...

  • 3 months ago

    Should our school children switch to e-textbooks?

    JANUARY 25 — Have you seen the amount of school books that kids (from as young as Standard 1) are required to bring to school? We're talking pre-Covid-19 times, of course. Some...

  • 3 months ago

    Present, open and awake: Learning to meditate in a lockdown

    JANUARY 18 — “Meditation can make the difference between standing outside in the storm and being blasted with rain, hail and wind and standing inside your house...

  • 4 months ago

    We should behave like it is 20,000 cases daily

    JANUARY 11 — One of the reasons we managed to “flatten the curve” between April and June last year was because the country was made to behave as if the daily positive...

  • 4 months ago

    Mandatory Covid-19 vaccination — Yes or no?

    JANUARY 5 — I confess at this stage I lean more towards yes.  But in recent days I’ve heard from quite a few of my friends who’ve argued for no (and my friends aren’t...

  • 4 months ago

    What animals teach us about Christmas

    DEC 25 — Today, Christians around the world celebrate the birth of Jesus. The story goes that Mary, Jesus’ mum, was heavily pregnant yet had to travel the 111 kilometres from...

  • 4 months ago

    Yes, chess IS a sport #QueensGambit

    DECEMBER 21 ― Recently I ran an informal poll asking Malaysians if they noticed that more people were getting interested in playing chess as a result of Queen’s Gambit, that...

  • 5 months ago

    Will people ever matter more than profits?

    DECEMBER 14 — The recent exposes on the oppressive living conditions of factory and construction workers remind me of a conversation my late grandmother had with my...

  • 5 months ago

    What alternatives to lockdowns are there?

    NOVEMBER 25 — I’m no virology expert but it’s clear to me (and about millions of others) that the on-going conditional movement control order (CMCO) hasn’t done much (if...

  • 5 months ago

    Caring for teachers’ well-being during lockdowns

    NOVMEBER 16 — We need to stop for a few moments now and think about the people who’ve been delivering online lessons for our kids since the lockdowns began.  We...