Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Lam Thye:Why question English Policy Now

The Star, Tuesday,10 March 2009
Social activist Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye has defended the use of English in the teaching of Mathematics and Science.Why question it now? I am surprised that there are groups who are questioning the policy after it has been in place for six years.
"There is nothing wrong with the polict, although there might be weaknesses in its implementation," he said when contracted yesterday.
More than 2,000 marched to Istana Negara last Saturday to hand over a memorandum to the King asking for the return of Bahasa Malaysia as the medium of instruction for mathematics and science.
Lee said the argument that teachers were not fluent in English was not justified as it was the execution of the policy that needed to be improved.
"What needs to be done is to adress these weaknesses, not the policy," he said. He also said global competitiveness was anchored in the proficiency of English and that the policy should not be regarded as a threat to Bahasa Malaysia as the nasional language.
"The teching of mathematics and Science in English is not a show of disrespect to the national language. "For the future of our country, we should take steps to improved the standart of English. It's a good thing for Malaysian to be bilingual.
Our education system should also not to be politicised. It's not good for the progress and the future of our nation," he said.

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