Alwyn Lau

Alwyn Lau

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

Recent Opinions

  • 1 week ago

    Some Malaysians never grow up #antiICERDrally

  • 2 weeks ago

    Rethinking dual canteens and ‘segregation’

  • 3 weeks ago

    John Chau: Reckless intruder or bold martyr?

  • 4 weeks ago

    ‘A promise is a promise’? Pakatan and PTPTN

More from Alwyn Lau

  • 1 month ago

    Time to rethink the film-rating criteria?

    NOVEMBER 12 — What does Annabelle: Creation and The Nun have in common, other than the fact that they’re both part of the Conjuring universe (see Note...

  • 1 month ago

    Do we treat our children like washing machines?

    NOVEMBER 5 ― Turn the power on. Put the clothes in. Add some detergent and softener. Select the appropriate wash cycle. Press Start. After some time (usually less than an hour)...

  • 1 month ago

    Could marriage be the best way to end baby-dumping?

    OCTOBER 29 — Babies abandoned inside garbage bins or thrown into rivers and drains. Foetuses left in toilets, chicken coops, out in the open or, sigh, even buried. Baby dumping...

  • 1 month ago

    If education isn't 'useless' now, it's useless in the future

    OCTOBER 22 ― Is education the most powerful weapon we have to change the world? Sure, but not if it’s too “useful.” You see how rich people spend money on useless and...

  • 2 months ago

    'Bullshit jobs' ― a commonplace phenomenon?

    OCTOBER 15 ― I once heard a manager from another department complaining that one of her staff is always looking at her WhatsApp messages; the manager claimed the individual in...

  • 2 months ago

    Why schools must remove those ‘30 days to SPM’ signboards

    OCTOBER 8 — Many years ago I was invited to a school in the Subang Jaya area to give a talk about stress management to about a hundred or so SPM students. As is usually the...

  • 2 months ago

    How ideology trumps information

    OCTOBER 1 — One of my friends once told me that he would only believe in God if he received a million ringgit, a beautiful wife, a bungalow, etc. At this point, my other friend...

  • 2 months ago

    What we can learn from the Predator

    SEPTEMBER 25 ― (This is a spoiler-free commentary.) No matter how much you hate watching the Predator movies, I can tell you one thing: That ugly looking alien who kills humans...

  • 3 months ago

    Malaysia is no utopia and that's great

    SEPTEMBER 17 — Think back to every movie that portrays an utopia or the promise of one. Hunger Games, Avengers: Infinity War, The Island, Demolition Man (yes, I’m...

  • 3 months ago

    Constructive paranoia and why we need it

    SEPTEMBER 10 — “You will never fully convince someone that he is wrong; only reality can.” — Nicholas Taleb I have a relative who, if forced to make an unexpected stop...

  • 3 months ago

    God helps those who help themselves?

    SEPTEMBER 3 — It has long been Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s axiom that God “helps those who help themselves.” The main idea, of course, is to encourage people...

  • 3 months ago

    Can’t abolish exams before abolishing the ‘examination mindset’

    AUGUST 27 — The on-going debate about whether our country should abolish examinations for Years 1-3 (but why only these years?) needs to first address the nature of assessment...

  • 3 months ago

    Schizophrenia 101 and the absolute need for compassion

    AUGUST 20 — A few years ago, the Health Ministry reported that one in a hundred Malaysians suffer from schizophrenia. That’s a relatively high number, in my opinion, but many...

  • 4 months ago

    How ‘The First Purge’ mirrors the Sedition Act

    AUGUST 13 — I caught The First Purge the other day... it’s the latest in the series and I have watched all the others.  Without a doubt, it’s one of the great...

  • 4 months ago

    The minority rule and why extremism persists in Malaysia

    AUGUST 6 — “The ensemble may behave in ways not predicted by its components. A small minority, say 3-4 per cent of the total population, can cause the entire population to...