Alwyn Lau

Alwyn Lau

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

Recent Opinions

  • 1 week ago

    Liam Neeson against virtue-signalling

  • 2 weeks ago

    Why ‘Chinese (or Indian or Malay) only’ rooms for rent aren’t racist

  • 3 weeks ago

    Pakatan’s Cameron Highlands defeat not as bad as it looks

  • 4 weeks ago

    Learning should be strength-based (convex), not stress-filled (concave)

More from Alwyn Lau

  • 1 month ago

    Online/public shaming and how it kills community

    JANUARY 14 — “We are defining the boundaries of normality by tearing apart everyone outside of it.” — Jon Ronson, So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed It was painful reading....

  • 1 month ago

    If smokers cared more, maybe there wouldn’t be a ban against smoking

    JANUARY 7 — I know, I know. The smoking ban at eateries has a puff load of problems. Many restaurant patrons-cum-smokers hail from the B40 class; there are already two dozen-ish...

  • 1 month ago

    ‘Dakwah’: From missions to missional?

    DECEMBER 31 — First, whatever I say here, it’s clear that Minister of Education Maszlee Malik should have chosen a phrase other than medan dakwah when urging religious...

  • 1 month ago

    Two surprising things about the 3 Wise Men of Christmas

    DECEMBER 24 — So it’s Christmas. The time when malls fill their atriums and centre courts with over-sized bells and trees from another altitude (or is it latitude?). There’s...

  • 2 months ago

    Some Malaysians never grow up #antiICERDrally

    DECEMBER 10 — In Paul Beatty’s Man Booker Prize-winning novel, The Sellout, the protagonist reinstates segregation in a small town as a way of reinvigorating his black...

  • 2 months ago

    Rethinking dual canteens and ‘segregation’

    DECEMBER 3 — The recent controversy over the issue of “segregated” canteens found in six Malacca schools does make one wonder if Malaysians need to take a chill pill for...

  • 2 months ago

    John Chau: Reckless intruder or bold martyr?

    NOVEMBER 26 ― The death of American missionary John Allen Chau, who was killed by the tribal people of the Sentinel Islands while attempting to share with them the Christian...

  • 2 months ago

    ‘A promise is a promise’? Pakatan and PTPTN

    NOVEMBER 19 — Imagine if someone goes into a restaurant, eats a large meal, walks out without paying, then gets self-righteously upset when the restaurant owner says, “Sorry,...

  • 3 months ago

    Time to rethink the film-rating criteria?

    NOVEMBER 12 — What does Annabelle: Creation and The Nun have in common, other than the fact that they’re both part of the Conjuring universe (see Note...

  • 3 months ago

    Do we treat our children like washing machines?

    NOVEMBER 5 ― Turn the power on. Put the clothes in. Add some detergent and softener. Select the appropriate wash cycle. Press Start. After some time (usually less than an hour)...

  • 3 months ago

    Could marriage be the best way to end baby-dumping?

    OCTOBER 29 — Babies abandoned inside garbage bins or thrown into rivers and drains. Foetuses left in toilets, chicken coops, out in the open or, sigh, even buried. Baby dumping...

  • 3 months ago

    If education isn't 'useless' now, it's useless in the future

    OCTOBER 22 ― Is education the most powerful weapon we have to change the world? Sure, but not if it’s too “useful.” You see how rich people spend money on useless and...

  • 4 months ago

    'Bullshit jobs' ― a commonplace phenomenon?

    OCTOBER 15 ― I once heard a manager from another department complaining that one of her staff is always looking at her WhatsApp messages; the manager claimed the individual in...

  • 4 months ago

    Why schools must remove those ‘30 days to SPM’ signboards

    OCTOBER 8 — Many years ago I was invited to a school in the Subang Jaya area to give a talk about stress management to about a hundred or so SPM students. As is usually the...

  • 4 months ago

    How ideology trumps information

    OCTOBER 1 — One of my friends once told me that he would only believe in God if he received a million ringgit, a beautiful wife, a bungalow, etc. At this point, my other friend...