The debate over the proficiency of English Language among Malaysian students and graduates is never-ending. This is because the concern over our youngsters’ poor English Language skills is increasing day by day, with many fearing the impact it could have on our global competitiveness.
In 2017, the Institute For Democracy and Economic Affairs’ think tank found out that the inability or unwillingness to master English stemmed from the students’ – both secondary and tertiary level – low self-esteem. Besides that, Malaysian students refuse to learn English because they think people who speak fluently in the language are superior or elitist. Do you agree with this perception?
Having said that, our youngsters’ refusal to adopt the language may affect us badly, especially if we want to compete globally, said our former finance minister.
According to The Malay Mail, Tun Daim Zainuddin, who is also the former chairman of the Council of Eminent Persons, said that Malaysia will not be able to compete internationally because our youngsters’ English language skills aren’t up to par.
FYI, the Council of Eminent Persons is now a defunct committee.
Tun Daim reckoned that cognitive and communication skills are some of the skills which university students lack. Therefore, he urged Malaysia to quickly solve this problem. He was quoted as saying,
“The problem is sometimes thinking and communication. Most of our graduates cannot communicate. This is a problem. When someone questions in English they cannot answer. Whereas knowledge is English.”
Tun Daim further added that even though this topic is very sensitive but Malaysians have put these sentiments aside if we want a prosperous future. He has a point, you know!
Tun Daim continued saying,
“We must think of the future. Where are we going to bring our nation to? We don’t want to penalise our future generation. So let’s think. Do we want to compete or not? Compete in education. Put aside sentiments, and think of our future, our children.”
Tun Daim has certainly presented some valid points that we all should take note of. That said, since English is the lingua franca of the world, mastering the language is only going to benefit us greatly.
What are your opinions on this issue? Do you agree with Tun Daim’s statements? Let us know in the comments below!
AirAsia Group Bhd Changes Name To Capital A Bhd To Reflect New Core Business Strategy
AirAsia Group Bhd has changed their group name to Capital A Bhd (Capital A) in a move to further expand...
M’sians Who Had To Reschedule Their Umrah Trips Will Be Given Compensation From The Govt
Those still waiting to carry out their Umrah pilgrimage will soon be able to resume their travels. Minister in the...
Kedah MB Blames Water Shortage in Sik on Locals For Watering Their Durian Trees at Night
Who would have known it was all the durian’s fault. Climate change has been a never-ending issue and it seems...
Thailand is The 1st Asian Country To Legalise Marijuana For Medical & Limited Recreational Use
This is such a monumental move! On 25 January, ABC News reported that Thailand is the 1st country in Asia...
Another Turtle Found Dead On Terengganu Beach, Making It The 12th This Month Alone
Yet another turtle was found dead in Terengganu last night, making it the 12th poor turtle to perish this month...
“The minister has no heart for us” – Rina Harun Slammed by OKU Groups Over Issues With JKMPay
A disability rights group has recently labelled Women, Family & Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Rina Harun as “heartless” following...
“He’s an expert” – Politician Defends Logging Remarks Made By Kelantan Forestry Department
Just recently, Kelantan Forestry Department claimed that logging is actually good for tiger population, following reports of sightings of a...
Student From Technical Institute in Melaka Punched For Having Crush on The Same Girl as His Bully
There are some moments in school which we will forever be fond of. But sometimes school can also be the...
Social Stories22 hours ago
Pharmacy Students Receive Backlash For Judging Unmarried M’sians Who Buy Birth Control Pills
Social Stories23 hours ago
“I’m sorry & I hope to meet him soon” – Dato Seri Vida Apologises For Her Remarks About Anuar Zain
Social Stories6 hours ago
M’sian Parents Are Beyond Shocked To Read WhatsApp Chats Between 2 Young Children Wanting To “Couple”
Social Stories23 hours ago
Pizza Hut Plays Guessing Game With Malaysians on Twitter & Receives Hilarious Replies!