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Be proud of speaking Malay but learn English to blend in globally
The Prime Minister had told Malaysians to be proud of speaking in Malay but the public has reminded him that English is a must if Malaysians are to survive globally.
Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob at a public speaking event said, “Currently, there are more than 6,000 languages still in use, but only 20 languages are categorised and given official language status.”
He also mentioned that since it is in the top 20 languages and ranked in the 10th spot based on popularity, the people should be proud.
The Bera MP advised that government agencies should use more Bahasa Melayu after it was found that English was preferred for their conferences, meetings, project names and product brands.
However, Malaysians do not think that English should not be replaced by the national language, especially in a working environment.
Mustafa Mohamed Ahmed said, “A language is a communication tool, you can be proud of your language.”
But he added leading nations primarily use the English language, hence it is a skill Malaysians need and not something up for debate.
“It’s not whether you are proud of your language but your willingness to learn different things to make yourself a better person.”
Karunakaran Krishnan claims pride over the local language but says that it won’t solve matters like corruption.
“Being proud of our language alone will not make it great when the nation suffers from an economic deficit through massive leakage of funds by corruption, mismanagement and unaccountability,” he said.
If Malaysia is to be respected on a global stage, the authorities are to be independent of political machinations.