Monday, March 16, 2009

No, Dr.

Dr Mahathir, the former Prime Minister of Malaysia, can divide opinions a fair amount, depending on who you talk to. For the record, I respect Dr M for the positive things that he has brought to the country, and for the strong vision that he had (and still do) when it comes to all things Malaysia.

The same goes for the teaching of Science and Mathematics in English. Depending on who you talk to, it can either be a good or a bad thing. Dr. M, having started the programme, obviously believes in continuing it.

I will, however, have to strongly disagree with him on one, small, teeny, weeny little matter.

"English is the lingua franca, whether we like or not," he said, defending the policy once again. "If you meet a Korean, can you speak to that person in Malay?"

No, Dr M. You can't speak to the Korean in Malay.

But putting it lightly, most Koreans can't even speak basic English to save their lives.

And that's me being incredibly polite, believe you me.

Pick another race/nation, and try again.

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