Monday, January 24, 2011

Anyone care to challenge Mahathir's remarks on foreign language?


This blogger, too, agrees when Tun Mahathir said "...Malaysia is the only country in the world with government schools that use a foreign language to teach a community whose ancestors originated from a foreign country."

Read the excerpts below as reported by FMT:

"Former premier Dr Mahathir Mohammad today clarified a statement that he made on foreign language as a medium of teaching in government schools.

In a recent interview with Nanyang Siang Pau, he said that Malaysia is the only country in the world with government schools that use a foreign language to teach a community whose ancestors originated from a foreign country.

A reader shot down his claim and pointed out that the Chinese language is taught and spoken in many countries. However, Mahathir begged to differ.

“There is a difference between teaching in a foreign language and learning a foreign language,” he emphasised. “I’m referring to the former. Learning a foreign language is not only permissible but encouraged.”


Read more here.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I would not differ with Mahathir this time around, but finally he realized this! A bit too late my fellow eh...