Alwyn Lau

Alwyn Lau


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

Recent Opinions

  • 3 days ago

    The numbers we track: How they help (and don’t)

  • 1 week ago

    Will our post-pandemic leadership prioritise mental health?

  • 2 weeks ago

    Terrific TV and traumatic families #SquidGame

  • 3 weeks ago

    Will the post-pandemic era have more optionality?

More from Alwyn Lau

  • 1 month ago

    Covid-19 fatalities in Malaysia: Reported, actual and real

    SEPTEMBER 27 — Last Wednesday I casually asked my students if they knew what the fatalities for Covid-19 were.  Without hesitation they gave a number between 300 and 400. I...

  • 1 month ago

    Can the New Normal have zero office toxicity?

    SEPTEMBER 20 — The first time I experienced what most today would consider “toxic” office behaviour was during my first year of work (back during the time Zinedine Zidane...

  • 1 month ago

    Ziyad's tragedy of minutes

    SEPTEMBER 4 ― The recent unfortunate incident of the gold medal withdrawal of Muhammad Ziyad Zolkepli is a sad case study of how, when all is said and done, rules are rules and...

  • 2 months ago

    Covid-19 and obesity

    AUGUST 20 ― I know this is just a theory but is it possible that one reason — among the many — why Malaysia has for a few months now seen such a high number of Covid-19...

  • 2 months ago

    The AirAsia F-bomb incident: What would you have done?

    JULY 31 ― It appears social media remains abuzz with the on-going controversy over Thai AirAsia CEO Tassapon Bijleveld's use of profanity towards a subordinate during a...

  • 3 months ago

    Does Malaysia have a trolley problem?

    JULY 26 — No, I don’t mean an issue with the supply of trolleys at the supermarket. The trolley problem is a popular scenario involving ethics. Imagine you see a runaway...

  • 3 months ago

    Social media’s negativity bias #MentalHealthAwareness

    JULY 12 — No matter how many studies we read on the damaging effects of social media on one’s mental health (and it could be somewhat ironic that this article appears online),...

  • 4 months ago

    Are private schools immune to the gig economy?

    JUNE 21 — At first glance, one can easily imagine that private tuition teachers could have/should have/would have replaced private schools by now.  Even before the...

  • 4 months ago

    Christian Eriksen and the intimation of mortality

    JUNE 14 — Two nights ago, Danish footballer Christian Eriksen collapsed on the pitch during the Denmark-Finland game.  For about 10 excruciating minutes, the whole world...

  • 4 months ago

    Do our frontliners need to listen to our moaning?

    JUNE 7 — About two weeks ago, I went to #cucukMyAZ. The whole process went smoothly; no long queues, everyone was helpful, etc.  But I did notice something...

  • 4 months ago

    The four irons laws of post-graduate studies

    MAY 31 — Maybe it’s the pandemic or just the over-supply of post-graduate programs in the country, but have you noticed that more and more folks are talking about continuing...

  • 5 months ago

    Why do zombie movies remain popular?

    MAY 24 — Warning: There are no spoilers ahead.  Last week, director Zach Snyder released Army of the Dead. This movie sees a motley crew of generalist shooters, a...

  • 5 months ago

    When MCO means 'must come office'

    MAY 6 — So MCO 3.0 (for Selangor) is here. As usual, we’ll await government SOPs, crack our heads over which district lines can be crossed, witness a few people get fined...

  • 6 months ago

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

    APRIL 20 — Recently, Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Chief Commissioner Azam Baki declared that corruption in Malaysia is worrying but “not yet a...

  • 6 months ago

    A former alcoholic shares his story

    APRIL 15 — A few months ago, I wrote about Christian apologist Ravi Zacharias and how, possibly, he was afflicted by sexual addiction.  Since then, I have received numerous...