Alwyn Lau

Alwyn Lau

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

Recent Opinions

  • 5 days ago

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

  • 1 week ago

    Does Malaysia have a trolley problem?

  • 3 weeks ago

    Social media’s negativity bias #MentalHealthAwareness

  • 1 month ago

    Are private schools immune to the gig economy?

More from Alwyn Lau

  • 1 month 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...

  • 1 month 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...

  • 2 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...

  • 2 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...

  • 2 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...

  • 3 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...

  • 3 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...

  • 4 months ago

    What is ‘natural’ sex anyway?

    MARCH 29 — There is ongoing controversy over the Federal Court’s ruling which rendered unconstitutional a provision in the Selangor Shariah law criminalising unnatural...

  • 4 months ago

    20+ reasons why I don’t turn on my video in Zoom

    MARCH 22 — Because I just don’t feel like it. Because most people don’t. Because turning on the video feels like an obligation or a requirement; and that’s just no fun....

  • 4 months ago

    The answer to fake speech is more speech, not suppression

    MARCH 15 — That’s according to Louis Brandeis, a former Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.  He declared that the constitutional remedy to...

  • 4 months ago

    Doing our part to help the country reopen

    MARCH 9 — Since last March, I’ve written extensively on the need for caution — even hyper-caution — when it comes to avoiding being infected with Covid-19.  I was...

  • 5 months ago

    Hyper-scheduling in a time of lockdown

    MARCH 1 — One of the most important “normals” the pandemic and lockdown have overhauled is our modes of meeting, learning and conferencing.  Like it or not, since last...

  • 5 months ago

    The Ravi Zacharias scandal and addiction

    FEBRUARY 22 — Around last Christmas, it was confirmed that Ravi Zacharias, world-famous Christian evangelist and apologist who died in May 2020, was in all likelihood guilty of...

  • 5 months ago

    Six ang pow ‘rules’ to remember

    FEBRUARY 15 — Many years ago, my family was in Singapore celebrating Chinese New Year. On the second or third day, we went to visit an elderly aunty, had lunch, said goodbye and...

  • 6 months ago

    Should our school children switch to e-textbooks?

    JANUARY 25 — Have you seen the amount of school books that kids (from as young as Standard 1) are required to bring to school? We're talking pre-Covid-19 times, of course. Some...