Wednesday 24 June 2009

Here is One Reason Why the English Language MUST be made Compulsory in ALL Malaysian Schools

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With apologies to Mohsin Abdullah, for taking the liberty to transcribe his humorous and satirical piece below. It aptly paints a picture of the kind of standard we have of the English Language of our students today.
Now everyday I read the Inggeris papers to improve my Inggeris. Sorry. English.

I also say sorry to you all because my English not so good. Broken. But when my school time, they all say we must speak and learn with the Malay language. Easy lah for me. My mother tongue what.

Now everybody say Inggeris very important. Alamak always like that. English not the Inggeris. Sorry again.

I read the paper now, the very the many people say why English is very the important one, English also can help breach or bridge (so confuse. Susah lah this English language) international barrier. Got the people who say even China banking on English.

But now only they know that kah? Now only we know it is important? Last time when ask us to do all in Melayu language why never say? But never mind.

Now government want to make correct. Now maybe SPM also must pass English. I support the government. That why I agrees with the Pemuda UMNO who say retired teacher who good in English must take back.

Also teacher from Britain, England, New Zealand and Australia, (I always confuse with Austria. Mat Salleh country also make confuse). Brings them here to teaching our school childrens.

I supports but must slow slow also. If do now, fast fast student mati. Cikgu also trouble. Many teacher also cannot speak the English also. So I think maybe can start with standard one students next year. Tahun satu.

Then when they go year two can speak English already. So to makes them must pass the English in SPM ok. Fair what. They got time already. Maybe start from the kindergarten is also good.

For the rest student what to do. Like me lah. Just try the best to learns the English. Read the English paper everyday. Read the Star, the Sun, the NST. Got one more. The Malay Mail (again I confuse, mail and male).

Anyway we must talk talk in the English with the people when we go walk walk, eat eat in town. Don't shy shy one. People laughing never mind.

But I also wants to laughing when I read one news in the newspaper. I read the Star.I write again what I read in the Star baru baru ini.

It is like this. I copy straight from the Star paper.

"In Muar, Johor Menteri Besar Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman said the state government supported the call for English to be made a compulsory pass subject for the SPM.

He said although the state had protested against the teaching of Science and Mathmatics in English, the subject was important for Malaysians to master."

So if the Inggeris, sorry, English subject is important for Malaysians to master, why protest? That why I laughing.
Note: The writer, MOHSIN ABDULLAH , is Editor-in-chief, News and Current Affairs, ntv7 & 8TV. He says he started schooling in 1962 in an English medium school. For that, he thanked his parents for the opportunity and he thanked also the authorities for allowing English medium schools to continue to exist then.


Yap Chong Yee said...

Never thought I will see the day when UMNO wake up to their mistake ! After 51years of ditching English as a subject in Malaysian schools, UMNO now has come full circle, and wants to implement a complusory pass for the SPM or whatever i the equivalent. Just a tongue in cheek dig, Singapore is again 51 years ahead of Malaysia. Another dig at Mahatir ! Looks like Dear Old Harry has again stolen a march on you !

I think it is not easy for Malaysia to re-introduce English as a medium because Bahasah is now the lingua franca and the general population now speak Bahasah and it will take another 51years to bring the use of English up to the standard that used to be in the 1957's; therefore it is better to retain Bahasah. It is better to go forward than to retrace your steps; go forward is progress but going backwards is regression ! So UMNO why bother to regress ?Imagine what will the graduates of Malaysian Universities of yesteryears, what and where to fit them in because from my experiences visiting Malaysia these days, all the officers do not speak English !

wong said...

does pass mean u get 20marks out of 100marks?

Pak Idrus said...

The authority should stop talking. Instead reintroduce the English School immediately. Call it the Sekolah Kebangsaan Jenis Inggeris and we would get to see the next generation of Malaysian with perfect English. It is not that difficult to do that. Next year reintroduce one Sekolah Kebangsaan Jenis Inggeris in every districts in the country.

There are no problem in get the teachers. Just advertised internationally and million would come to our shores to work and teach our kids this very important language.

Have a nice day.

Anonymous said...

It is not meaningful if the change does not bring all ministers' kids back to sekolah kebangsaan jenis-jenis... :( said...

English Medium schools ? Yes, these are the magic words for the progress of Malaysia. All Malaysians will definitely choose the Sekolah Bahasa Inggeris. and if there is a choice between the Chinese, Tamil and National schools, most of the rakyat will choose the Sekolah Bahasa Inggeris.

Back in the 50's, 60 s' and 70's, when the medium of education was in the English Language, all Malaysians were united.

But after the switch to the Bahasa Malaysia medium of education.... unity is not an agenda among the Malaysians anymore. To each his/her own ! And the Prime
Minister wants to talk about
1Malaysia .... maybe when the world ends.