Alwyn Lau

Alwyn Lau


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

Recent Opinions

  • 1 week ago

    Surviving those crazy long festive traffic jams

  • 1 month ago

    What the Bible missed about Christmas

  • 1 month ago

    Liberals own social media, Conservatives own reality #UKElections2019

  • 1 month ago

    Why chess is definitely a sport

More from Alwyn Lau

  • 1 month 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...

  • 2 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...

  • 2 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...

  • 3 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...

  • 3 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...

  • 3 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...

  • 3 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...

  • 4 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...

  • 4 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...

  • 4 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...

  • 5 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...

  • 6 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...

  • 6 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...

  • 6 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...

  • 7 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...