Wednesday, 18 November 2009 Super Admin
(AFP) - Malaysia's deputy education minister has said that speaking English in the workplace is "weird" and harmful to the nation's culture and identity, a report said Wednesday.
"This also occurs in government-linked companies where we have this weird culture of people speaking to each other in English instead of the national language," he said at the launch of a linguistics seminar.
He called on the nation's leaders to use Bahasa Malaysia for all meetings and events and said that when he receives letters in English he returns them and asks for them to be written in the national language.
I have been asked by one of our friends to comment on what this deputy Minister has said –as per above. Ok let me story you about his comment….
To me what is sad is that we have a deputy minister like him! He tells us that when he receives letters in English he returns them? I can only ask you guys to have a look at this clip from a Bujang Lapok film….if only P Ramlee was still around I am sure the said deputy Minister would have a part as an extra….or maybe lead actor number four (after the three Bujang Lapok lah!)
Yes by all means stress the importance of our Bahasa but what is wrong in knowing a second or even third language. Maybe Najib should allow him out of the cage once in while and send him to places where people will send him back to Malaysia if he does not converse with them in their mother tongue…..France, Japan or Korea comes to mind…does he write to his counterparts in these countries in Bahasa, English or their mother tongue? Maybe with deputy Ministers like him it would be better to keep him inside the cage!