Alwyn Lau

Alwyn Lau


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

Recent Opinions

  • 5 days ago

    So is it Pakatan Harapan or Pakistan Harapan?

  • 2 weeks ago

    Thank god, we don’t have ‘the right to bear arms’ in Malaysia

  • 1 month ago

    How long more can bookshops in Malaysia survive?

  • 1 month ago

    #UMProtest: Why the convo 'stunt' may have been wrong but really isn't

More from Alwyn Lau

  • 1 month ago

    Will the ‘Joker’ movie inspire violent crime?

    OCTOBER 14 — Spoiler alert: This article contains spoilers for the movie Joker. Why is ‘Joker’ so controversial? It’s not often you hear of cinemas banning a major...

  • 2 months ago

    Mental health awareness: Four confessions of a care-giver

    OCTOBER 7 — From news reports, the rate of people suffering from mental health issues in Malaysia is said to be rising every year. For schizophrenia alone, the Health Ministry...

  • 2 months ago

    Why protests must always remain non-violent #HongKong

    OCTOBER 4 — “Non-violence is a powerful and just weapon, which cuts without wounding and ennobles the man who wields it. It is a sword that heals.” — Martin Luther King...

  • 2 months ago

    Chinese wedding dinner time vs Malaysian time

    SEPTEMBER 16 — Last week I attended the wedding dinner of a good friend. As I was (marginally) a part of the planning committee, I noticed that the agenda prepared by the couple...

  • 2 months ago

    Two wrong reasons to be a lecturer

    SEPTEMBER 9 — Recently, a friend of mine (with about 20 years’ experience in banks) told me he wanted to quit and join one of the local private colleges as a lecturer. When I...

  • 3 months ago

    The paranoia over Christian evangelism in Malaysia

    SEPTEMBER 2 — The claim by Ikatan Muslim Malaysia (Isma) recently  that there is some drive to “evangelise” Putrajaya is, frankly, amazing.  It’s incredible not...

  • 3 months ago

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

    AUGUST 19 — I could be wrong, but I’ve been noticing a minor (albeit growing) backlash against “beg-packers” i.e. foreign tourists (usually Caucasian) who go around...

  • 4 months ago

    The 12 paradoxes of Malaysian education

    JULY 29 — About half a dozen years ago, I published an article on 10 paradoxes in our education system. In light of the upcoming PT3 and SPM examinations, I thought I would...

  • 4 months ago

    Durians are no laughing matter

    JULY 22 — You know why South-east Asia never produced an Isaac Newton?  Because all these world-changing hopefuls were sitting under durian trees.  The truth must have...

  • 4 months ago

    A look at today’s ‘toreh diri’ phenomenon

    JULY 9 — I asked the Form 5 kids the Malay term for “self-cutting.” Immediately a few of them told me it was “toreh diri.” Macam menoreh getah, bang! That was both cute...

  • 5 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...

  • 5 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...

  • 6 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...

  • 7 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...

  • 7 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...