Jun 1, 2006

when languages become excuses

Blaming employers for hiring people with proficiency in Mandarin is not the right way to tackle unemployment issue in this country.

Instead of labelling Mandarin requirement as discriminatory, our politicians should take action and encourage the learning of the most widely-spoken language in the world.

I truly agree that we should prioritize Malay language and English. However, Malaysia, after gaining independence for almost 49 years and all races living under one roof, we are still not learning each other languages. How many Chinese know how to speak Tamil? How many Indian able to speak Mandarin? And how many Malay know how to speak Mandarin and Tamil? How about Chinese and Indian who can speak fluent Malay language?

How can we talk about globalisation, peace and harmony when we are making excuses of not learning each other languages?
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