The world’s ‘lingua franca’

BAHASA MALAYSIA has been widely used over the last 40 years since it is the national language.

This has resulted in the English language moving several notches down as it has not been given the emphasis that it rightly deserves.

Many graduates are adept at typing SMS jargon in English, and as we all know, the language used may not be grammatically correct and is sometimes in abbreviated terms.

A vast majority of them do not express themselves in proper English.

We are now going global which is why Malaysians irrespective of race or creed, need to look beyond boundaries.

There is so much going on around the world that requires us to voice out our opinions and be heard.

We are living in a global world, and need to engage with individuals at different levels be it politically, socially or economically, which is why learing a universal language like English is so vital.

Employing native English speaking teachers to teach our students in national schools will not yield the desired results.

Various factors have been pointed out before and that includes the difficulties many students face in understanding their (native English teacher’s) accent.

It is a sheer waste of time and taxpayers’ money!

I think the immediate reintroduction of English medium schools will resolve the issue once and for all!

Once the English medium schools are in place, we will have a pool of graduates with employable attributes in about 15 years.

They will be able to teach and will certainly be understood by local pupils.

They will also be at par with graduates from the United Kingdom, the United States, Australia, Singapore and New Zealand.

by  T. W. Loh, Kuala Lumpur.

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