Alwyn Lau

Alwyn Lau


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

Recent Opinions

  • 2 weeks ago

    Three ways Malaysians can respond faster in high-impact scenarios

  • 2 weeks ago

    We need a conversation about risk and uncertainty

  • 3 weeks ago

    Are you still using ‘flu analogies’ for Covid-19?

  • 1 month ago

    Covid-19: Why schools, malls, etc should be closed temporarily

More from Alwyn Lau

  • 1 month ago

    When personal ambition leads to democracy’s downfall

    MARCH 2 — The last week of February 2020 will be always be remembered as the day New Malaysia was dealt a near-fatal blow because many of the people whom the rakyat trusted to...

  • 1 month ago

    Malaysia’s ignored hazard: Trucks with bad tyres

    FEBRUARY 17 — Forget Covid-19 for a second. You know what’s really dangerous? Huge vehicles on the road.  Because at any given moment, a lorry or bus whose driver who...

  • 1 month ago

    Malaysians must say ‘no’ to panic buying

    FEBRUARY 10 — Imagine for a second your children suddenly hoarding food and supplies in their rooms: What would that say about your household? About the environment of trust and...

  • 2 months ago

    Surviving those crazy long festive traffic jams

    JANUARY 20 — So it’s Chinese New Year season again. ‘Tis the time when families reunite and usher in yet another year of good luck. And everybody’s happy and prosperous...

  • 3 months ago

    What the Bible missed about Christmas

    DECEMBER 24 — Each time I step into a mall in late December, I wonder if the Bible left out important things. Because it’s Christmas season and the book Christians hold as...

  • 3 months ago

    Liberals own social media, Conservatives own reality #UKElections2019

    DECEMBER 18 ― If you need proof that you shouldn’t equate your social media feed with what the world is really like, look no further than last week’s UK election results....

  • 4 months ago

    Why chess is definitely a sport

    DECEMBER 9 — First of all, congratulations to Yeoh Li Tian for taking the chess gold medal at the 30th Philippines SEA Games. As a guy whose school team couldn’t even get to...

  • 4 months ago

    So is it Pakatan Harapan or Pakistan Harapan?

    DECEMBER 2 — Four guys caned for having gay sex. A radical preacher from overseas remains protected. Child marriages remain legal. The LGBQT community remains threatened. A...

  • 4 months ago

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

    NOVEMBER 18 — “I have a very strict gun control policy: If there’s a gun around, I want to be in control of it.” — Clint Eastwood Last week’s shooting in a school in...

  • 5 months ago

    How long more can bookshops in Malaysia survive?

    NOVEMBER 7 — I swear to God, every time a bookshop closes a unicorn dies. And many unicorns have been dying. I recall feeling a disturbance in the horned horse force when MPH in...

  • 5 months ago

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

    OCTOBER 21 ― There is an on-going debate over Wong Yan Ke’s solo protest at the recent University of Malaya convocation, and whether or not what he did was right and...

  • 5 months 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...

  • 6 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...

  • 6 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...

  • 6 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...