The sad state of English in Malaysia


Press statement sent through WhatsApp by a high ranking government official came into spot light due to its lack of English proficiency. In fact the college had to suggest to him, politely, that he might want to stick to Bahasa Malaysia to ensure accurate reporting on our part. He got the message. A new version was eventual­ly sent. According to this article there are also the vice-chancellors of a few public universities who face the same language problem despite having spent much time in overseas universities to pursue their post-graduate studies.

And also there are Malaysian diplomats who cannot carry out a proper conversation in flawless English and of them even shy away from social functions, which is a shame as this where they can pick up nuggets of information for their intelligence reports.

Zainab Gulisthan



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