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Revise education policies
BY: ASHIKIN ISHAK
Every Malaysian rightfully acknowledges and accepts the position and status of Bahasa Malaysia as the national language but it is the English language that has been chosen to be the global communication tool.
Bahasa Malaysia, while widely used, can, at best, be chosen to be a regional language of Asean as it is spoken not only in Malaysia but Singapore, Brunei, Indonesia, Southern Thailand and Southern Philippines.
This shifts the equilibrium to the English language to be emphasised upon in education policies implemented by the Malaysian government in nurseries, pre-school, primary and secondary schools and colleges and universities.
Instead what is happening now is a crying shame as the English language is being slighted and set aside for a wider and greater use of Bahasa Malaysia causing students leaving schools, colleges and universities to have hardly any competitive edge.
Unlike Bahasa Malaysia which is saddled with many restrictions and limitations, in any discipline or course of study using the English language students develop marketable skills and they can easily obtain employment in Malaysia and the global marketplace.
This is why concerned individuals, parents and teachers and educationists are calling for the English language to be given a lifeline and for the language to be revitalised among Malaysians of all walks of life.
-THE MALAYSIA VOICE
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