Alwyn Lau

Alwyn Lau

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

Recent Opinions

  • 6 days ago

    What alternatives to lockdowns are there?

  • 2 weeks ago

    Caring for teachers’ well-being during lockdowns

  • 3 weeks ago

    Four ideas on mastery from ‘The Queen’s Gambit’

  • 4 weeks ago

    How friendships can survive in the Age of Offence

More from Alwyn Lau

  • 1 month ago

    80/20: How reality shifts when we focus away from the average

    OCTOBER 19 — The average doesn’t tell us much. If on Monday you ate one nasi lemak for breakfast, lunch and dinner (which makes three nasi lemaks in one...

  • 1 month ago

    Students and the stress they endure #SPM2020

    OCTOBER 14 — You could argue that whatever survives a catastrophe will prove its special character.  The Covid-19 pandemic may have wreaked havoc on certain industries and...

  • 1 month ago

    Politics and the feared ‘other’

    OCTOBER 5 — You see this in populist slash nationalist doctrines which target foreign elements. You see it in Chinese discourse on the USA and vice-versa.  You see it in...

  • 2 months ago

    An ADHD-er shares some thoughts on his condition

    SEPTEMBER 21 — Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a condition that is finally getting more awareness; I have two members in my extended family who are on...

  • 2 months ago

    Has ‘Mulan’ brought honour to family entertainment?

    SEPTEMBER 11 — Warning: Contains spoilers! If you have been checking out the reviews of Mulan, you may be forgiven for thinking that there was world peace, equality and...

  • 2 months ago

    A theological reason for not banning alcohol

    SEPTEMBER 7 — Pasir Puteh MP Nik Muhammad Zawawi Salleh’s remark that the Bible is distorted (see note 1) when it comes to prohibiting alcohol raises the question of the value...

  • 3 months ago

    When pet owners don’t take their animals to the vet

    AUGUST 10 — In a world as polarized as ours, our pet animals are one of the few things we care for unconditionally.  The label “animal lover” is virtually a...

  • 3 months ago

    On our abused and expendable migrant workforce

    AUGUST 3 — “Employers must not abuse their workers.”  This sounds as natural and obvious as “chicken rice should include chicken,” but this is not the case — it...

  • 5 months ago

    Talent stacking and why we need a range of skills

    JUNE 22 — I have a former colleague who has an impressive set of skills. She was a great lecturer (all her students loved her) and she was also very eloquent and a wonderful...

  • 5 months ago

    Covid-19: Our under-testing problem and why the solution is asymmetry

    JUNE 1 ― Recently, the daily number of confirmed Covid-19 cases have been moving so erratically it’s like they were playing dodgy hide-and-seek with us. For two or three weeks...

  • 6 months ago

    A tribute to Ravi Zacharias

    MAY 21 — On Tuesday morning, world-famous Christian evangelist Ravi Zacharias died of cancer. I recall, more than 20 years ago, walking out of the SS2 Evangel bookshop...

  • 6 months ago

    E-learning vs traditional classrooms: Three areas we can exploit

    MAY 4 — E-learning remains an enigma. On one hand, during this movement control order (MCO) we don’t have any choice but to go online and most likely learning from...

  • 7 months ago

    Hiding our defects vs hiding our qualities

    APRIL 27 — If we’ve been hiding our defects over time, we will break eventually. Someone who is more restrained with her qualities is better placed to avoid catastrophe....

  • 7 months ago

    Open letter from a Grab driver

    APRIL 15 — (A few days ago, I had a long chat with a friend who’s a Grab driver. What follows is essentially what he shared with me about the hardship faced by people working...

  • 7 months ago

    Good Friday: The healing/vaccine perspective

    APRIL 10 — Today is Good Friday.  It’s a day when Christians may look extra gloomy; it’s also an evening where you’d be wise to avoid roads next to huge churches...