Alwyn Lau

Alwyn Lau


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

Recent Opinions

  • 2 days ago

    Hyper-scheduling in a time of lockdown

  • 1 week ago

    The Ravi Zacharias scandal and addiction

  • 2 weeks ago

    Six ang pow ‘rules’ to remember

  • 1 month ago

    Should our school children switch to e-textbooks?

More from Alwyn Lau

  • 1 month 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...

  • 1 month 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...

  • 1 month 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...

  • 2 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...

  • 2 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...

  • 2 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...

  • 3 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...

  • 3 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...

  • 3 months ago

    Four ideas on mastery from ‘The Queen’s Gambit’

    NOVEMBER 9 — Spoiler alert: This article contains spoilers to the mini-series. The Queen’s Gambit, released by Netflix near the end of October, is the story of an orphan girl...

  • 4 months ago

    How friendships can survive in the Age of Offence

    NOVEMBER 2 — There are three certainties in life: Death, taxes and being offended on social media. Nowadays that third category is even more ubiquitous than the grim reaper....

  • 4 months ago

    80/20: How reality shifts when we focus away from the average

    OCTOBER 19 — The average doesn’t tell us much. If on Monday you ate one nasi lemak for breakfast, lunch and dinner (which makes three nasi lemaks in one...

  • 4 months ago

    Students and the stress they endure #SPM2020

    OCTOBER 14 — You could argue that whatever survives a catastrophe will prove its special character.  The Covid-19 pandemic may have wreaked havoc on certain industries and...

  • 4 months ago

    Politics and the feared ‘other’

    OCTOBER 5 — You see this in populist slash nationalist doctrines which target foreign elements. You see it in Chinese discourse on the USA and vice-versa.  You see it in...

  • 5 months ago

    An ADHD-er shares some thoughts on his condition

    SEPTEMBER 21 — Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a condition that is finally getting more awareness; I have two members in my extended family who are on...

  • 5 months ago

    Has ‘Mulan’ brought honour to family entertainment?

    SEPTEMBER 11 — Warning: Contains spoilers! If you have been checking out the reviews of Mulan, you may be forgiven for thinking that there was world peace, equality and...