What's wrong with studying Maths and Science in English? Unpatriotic? Or politically motive...
We are facing a huge problem here... While most of us are moving forward to achieve the "Vision 2020", the Education Ministry is moving backwards.. Sorry, but that's a fact !!
Almost everyday, this issue is being critisized in the media... And one funny guy don't want to listen....
School textbooks for Maths and Science in Bahasa Melayu are on the making (again!!) and it seems that the first group of MBMMBI will commence next year, 2011. It will be year 1 in the primary school.
Let's see what Tun Dr. Mahathir said yesterday:
Wednesday August 11, 2010
Dr M backs English languagePETALING JAYA: Mastering the English language will not make one less patriotic, said former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
“People should accept the fact that English is currently the language of knowledge,” he said.
He said the Internet came with various languages but English was still the main language on websites.
Dr Mahathir, who initiated the change to use English for teaching Science and Mathematics, said the two subjects should be taught in English as most of the information and research were written in the international language.
“You cannot rely on someone to translate the latest information for you as it changes every minute.
“If you master the language, you can acquire the information by yourself and search for the information that will benefit you,” he said in a talk on Impact of Technology on the Future of Higher Education at a hotel here yesterday.
World Respect For Malay Language If Malaysia Successful, Says Mahathir.
KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 10 (Bernama) -- Former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad says the Malay language will only be respected by the world if Malaysia is able to achieve a higher level of success.
He said to build a great nation, Malaysians must first be open-minded to embrace technology to gain knowledge and information in various languages, especially English, before Malaysia could put the Malay language as the language of knowledge and be respected in the eyes of the world.
"As much as we want to be proud of our own language, we must realise that others may not see the importance of studying the language if it is seen as not useful to them.
"In order to do so (for the national language to be recognised), Malaysia must be successful and must have access to knowledge, which are mostly available in English...then others will learn our language," he said in his public lecture on the "Impact of Technology on the Future of Higher Education" in conjunction with Open University Malaysia's (OUM) 10th anniversary, here Tuesday.
Dr Mahathir reiterated his stand that learning English as well as other languages did not mean that someone was not patriotic of his mother tongue.
"Learning English does not mean we are being unpatriotic. We learn other languages to gain knowledge because we want to be highly respected...once we have the knowledge, we can make use of it to better ourselves, no matter in what language it is," he said.
Citing the Greeks, Chinese and Arabs, Dr Mahathir said as they reached their pinnacle, more people became interested to study their language, especially to understand their civilisations.
"In the world today, education is the most essential factor in building a successful nation," he said.
He urged higher learning institution students to be more creative and make use of modern technology to develop better systems that could benefit more people with easier access to knowledge and information.