Alwyn Lau

Alwyn Lau

For good news, use drama. For bad news, use statistics. For really bad news? Use other people. Tweets at @alwyn_lau.

Recent Opinion

  • 13 hours ago

    RPK’s RM100k bet and why predictions must be costly

  • 1 week ago

    Mahathir, Luke Skywalker and Malaysia’s vanishing mediators

  • 2 weeks ago

    Once upon a time in Athens: The story of democracy’s birth

  • 3 weeks ago

    The paradoxes of being ‘happy’

More from Alwyn Lau

  • 4 weeks ago

    Freedom of speech and quiet places

    APRIL 23 ― We all live in quiet places. We can’t speak beyond a certain level, we can’t say what’s on our minds. We must voice our thoughts carefully, if at all. We must...

  • 1 month ago

    Malaysia's migrant workers

    APRIL 16 — In every nation, there are groups which are excluded in order that social order can sustain itself. There is a political price some segments of the country must pay...

  • 1 month ago

    Truth, lies and the new anti-fake news law

    APRIL 9 — There is this comic strip in which three men are asked what they enjoy doing in their free time. Each person mentions a particular hobby eg. playing a...

  • 1 month ago

    Was Jesus a Conservative (Right) or Liberal (Left)?

    APRIL 2 — Conservative/Right: To conserve and maintain traditional values and practices. Liberal/Left: To improve and construct fresh ways of thinking. Our world is becoming...

  • 1 month ago

    The academic world, the corporate world and the real world

    MARCH 26 — In the corporate world, there is a proud distinction between the academic world and the real world.    In the real world, both the corporate and academic...

  • 2 months ago

    Open note to SPM result-takers

    MARCH 20 ― Dear students, so you got your results last week. Whatever happens, please don’t do something to break your parents’ hearts. If you did well, congratulations. Go...

  • 2 months ago

    What the corporate world lacks: Disincentives to BS

    MARCH 12 — In a few weeks’ time, I’ll be attending a HR conference hosted in a 5-star venue, featuring more than two dozen highly experienced speakers sharing their views on...

  • 2 months ago

    Let’s talk about victim prevention

    MARCH 5 — Last week’s news of a sex scandal involving a Singaporean YouTuber kind of reminded me of what happened with American comedian Aziz Ansari. (see Note 1). ...

  • 2 months ago

    Namewee, #UndiRosak and why analogies don’t persuade

    FEBRUARY 26 — “No one needs an analogy when facts and reason can do the job.”—Scott Adams Namewee’s recent CNY music video, featuring some man-dogs, produced the usual...

  • 3 months ago

    #MyŽižek CNY and the nothingness of Malaysian politics

    FEBRUARY 19 — “The ‘nothing’ is the void of the subject itself, so that the absence of an ultimate reference means that absence itself is the ultimate reference, and this...

  • 3 months ago

    Malaysia's unspoken caste systems

    FEBRUARY 12 ― Last week Christians were upset at PAS President Abdul Hadi Awang’s remark that the Church practises a caste system. That would’ve been a totally asinine...

  • 3 months ago

    How ‘political’ should the Church be?

    FEBRUARY 5 — Thanks to Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor’s “mispresented” statement (that churches are spreading lies about the government...

  • 3 months ago

    #MyŽižek: We always care about what others think, even when we don’t

    JANUARY 29 — In late 2012, a friend of mine told me that his dad, a few days prior to Dec 21st, stocked up heavily on canned food in anticipation of global disaster.  When...

  • 3 months ago

    So what happens when you don’t vote

    JANUARY 22 — There is this story of Niels Bohr, the famous Danish physicist, who apparently had horseshoes hung above his doors.  When a visitor, who frowned on this...

  • 4 months ago

    Quick to attack and condemn: Why we do it

    JANUARY 15 — Over Christmas, I wrote an article on Israel and the Palestinians. I tried to present some historical facts of the crisis, focusing especially on the 1967 war...