A veteran speaks

BEING a proud “product” of an English-medium school, I am all for the recent call by various quarters to reintroduce English as the medium of instruction in schools.

We have paid a heavy price for not giving the language the priority it deserves over the last four decades, and the results are for all to see — the terrible decline in our written and spoken English.

It is pointless blaming the authorities concerned for the damage done, but the way forward is to bring back the language into our school system in a big way.

After all, English has always been and will continue to be the global language.

I am now in my 70s, and those of my generation not only speak the language well, but know its worth as a universal language of business and communication.

I am not ashamed to say that the language is so much a part of my system that I even dream in English!

While there should be no questions raised about Bahasa Malaysia being the foremost language in our beloved country, I am of the view that emphasis on English at both primary and secondary schools, should have been done years ago.

Many Malaysians who went through the local school system up to the late 70s, have a good command of English. They are the envy of foreigners and younger Malaysians, impressed with the confidence and ease with which they speak the language. However, over the years we have slowly “lost grasp” of the language.

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