Friday, May 31, 2019

Malaysian Graduates Speak Sub-par English

Another prominent personality has added his voice to the cacophony of loud concerns that our graduates speak sub-par English. 

Daim Zainuddin (left) had expressed in an interview with Astro Awani on Wednesday that at its current pace, Malaysia will not be competitive globally because our young people have poor English language skills. 

He said: “When someone questions in English, they cannot answer. Whereas knowledge is English”. 

He asked a pertinent question. “We must think of the future. Where are we going to bring our nation to?” 

And the debate over the increasingly second-rate ability to understand and speak English, particularly among those who attend public education institutions, has risen to a point that we can no longer afford to ignore. 

We all know this only too well already. But so far, it is all talk. 

I can add too that even graduates from our private tertiary institutions speak mediocre English. A sad situation. 

Worse, we also have a mediocre Education Minister. His priorities are screwed-up big-time and the country is still in a mess.

On Wednesday evening, I was in Plaza 33 in Petaling Jaya, Selangor for the Nielsen Malaysia Toastmasters meeting. 

Again, they didn’t start on time. Being fourteen minutes late is inexcusable and it shows they have zilch respect for those who came on time. 

Anyway, I was there because I had a speech to give. I delivered a CC #3 titled Quick, Quicker, Quickest. This was my 60th Get to the Point speech and I was voted Best Assignment Speaker: 



Photos of the said meeting:






















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