Thursday, January 08, 2009

My letter to Malaysiakini

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I refer to below comments:-

On '152 street rally' set for next month

Alex C: For god's sake, are these petty racial issues are all that Gapena can think of? Rallies to defend the Malay language? They might not have noticed, but all subjects in schools are taught in Malay except for maths and science.

Dear Alex C
There are TWO different issues here, but first and foremost, the same petty racial issue is being championed by Dong Jiang Zong, a chinese education group which has been very vocal against the use of English to teach Maths and Science in vernacular primary schools. If Alex C sees this matter as being petty racial, then I would say the same to Dong Jiang Zong.

Teaching Maths and Science in English will not solve the problem of unemployed graduates in securing jobs due to inability to speak English fluently. There is a need to improve drastically in teaching English as a communication language rather than burdening the students to cope with additional comprehension and workloads to learn Maths and Science in English.

Alex C is definitely not from rural areas, which predominantly Malays and these students are already handicapped by the poor facilities as well as tools in catching up with those urban students (predominantly non-Malays). The statistics by Minister of Education on PMR or UPSR's results to show the improvements year after year on these two subject is dubious and doubtful. Can you believe the government propaganda while trying to hide their own mistakes and blunders? Talk to the teachers who are struggling to speak in English, let alone teach in this language.

Most developed countries never use English to teach Maths and Science subjects. Japan, Germany, French, Denmark, Russin are some examples. While some 3rd world countries which been using English as the main medium are still lagging behind in all fronts. The question here is, why do we need to teach Maths and Science in English now since we have been successful in producing technical graduates by using Malay language?

Dear Alex, what is so wrong to protect our own language and be proud of it? We are concerned about Malay language being sidelined as well as dying as technical language. Dong Jiang Zong is right and so are others who oppose this move. We have our democratic rights to oppose and we are not STUPID.

I am one of those students from rural area who were taught in Malay medium up to SPM with very poor command of English. It was the English intensive course that improved my English tremendously and I wonder why the same kind of syllabus and methods are not used in schools. Why do we need to spend more money or rather waste it, in teaching Maths and Science in English while neglecting the basic problem of teaching English itself.

Why not spend the same amount of our money to improve our teaching in English subject?

Yes, I am ashamed of ZAM's poor command of English, he should have spoken in Malay just like other world leaders who proudly speak in their own national language even if they can speak English fluently. That's ZAM's arrogance in showing off his poor English to the whole world and we are never proud of him anyway.



jotan said...

The move to oppose is pretty stupid really, why using the mathematic and scientific term in other langauge than English ? It sounds almost the same with different spelling. For example we have function, in Malay it's called fungsi, I don't even want to mention it in Mandarin as I think it's totally waste of time, are we going back to China ? Even me the old generation who learned most subjects in Mandarin during primary school have problem engaged in Engineering conversation with those Chinamen but are we losing out ? No, with English we can communicate with most nation as that's the universal language , for that reason most Chinamen now learn English to be global palyer

manlaksam said...

Mu tulis 'global palyer'....wat is det?
Ai don andersten!
Palyer....Ai never herd dis word bifor...

jotan said...

What to do, tu Produksi of Malaysia

dato said...

to Jotan....just wondering whether those global player Chinamen learn Math & Science in English from year 1 in school, or they learn better English later in life? (my experience, took up French in college, did quite well...never spoken a single French word before that). At young age, we need to learn how to comprehend things. Language learning can still be done later.

The logic here cannot teach Math & Science in English effectively without first teaching students the English that what we are doing here in Malaysia?...hell no....we just straight away jump to teaching those subjects in English.
What it seems here is that this education policy were implemented without logical thought process, and that's the reason we are opposing it...because it was done stupidly.

MoneyMatters@Nizam said...

Dear Joton and Alex C,

How many % of Malaysia population are Global Players? What is the widely used language in Malaysia? The unity languange? How you want to converse with the people in the RURAL AREA?

I was from the National School. Why is that so difficult for you to understand the importance of language as a medium of instruction in the early age of the school children?

And later if you want to be a Global Player, just learn English. Go for intensive course like what Fudzail said in his blog. Samething when you want to go to Japan for education. Do you learn English or Japanese language? And there's intensive class for Japanese language available locally.

What I dont understand, why those fuc*ki** non Malay in Malaysia so annoying with the NATIONAL LANGUAGE.? And anything to do with the NATIONAL LANGUAGE they call it RACIST?

But those fuc*k*rs die hard promoting Mandarin without realising that the China Mainland people are start learning English Intensively. And what? Because of the INTENSIVE ENGLISH class, so the China Govt needs to change their math and eng like PPSMI? So what is the need of having Mandarin in Malaysia anyway? Mandarin is a Global Language for a Global Player?

Or to satisfy you, go and migrate somewhere that can accommodate your GLOBAL PLAYER mindset.

Think again you retard!!!

Di mana bumi dipijak bro.....

jotan said...

Dato, I agreed with your point, well said.

However it's people like MoneyMatters@Nizam that is dragging the country down. Again I will stress, what's the point of learning Malay which sounded like English, I won't berdebat with you here. What's wrong with the word bahas may I ask ? If you love our national language so much, please preserve it, to have it converted is like hearing the song "Beat It" singing in Malay.

I'm not descrediting Malay as our national language here, in fact we should communicate in the language but it should not be used for higher education.

What's the point of learning Janjang kira-kira without knowing it is Caculus in English ? If you got stuck in it, you can't even find many reference book with that title