Early this month Pakcik was prompted to express the means of communication I prefer, f/b vis-a vis e-mail and blog. Knowing that I do not like f/b a few friends dared Pakcik to accept them as f/b ‘friends’. It is all in good spirit. We are still friends even if they cannot stand the very smell of budu!
All the while things have been hotting up in the papers. All sectors have finally admitted that we are not at ‘taraf antara bangsa’ ( world-class) after all as far as the current English education in Malaysia is concerned – even Bahasa Melayu for that matter. I am sorry having to maintain Bahasa Melayu, not Bahasa Malaysia, for whatever reasons it is English language, not restyled and renamed as United Kingdom language.
It tickled me to read the headline in NST last Monday – Mind your language
Our DPM was reported to have said that “ …. It is important for teachers to remind students to always use the standard form of the language in class. There is a need to differentiate between the use of formal and informal languages…”
Someone then said that “teachers must play a role in tackling the problem...”
It is unanimous that we all have to arrest the language decline, Malay as wel as English.
Years ago Pakcik wrote in a Malay paper how Dewan Bahasa ‘telah merojakkan bahasa Melayu’. To me Dewan Bahasa (DBP) have butchered the Malay language with uncalled for inclusion of unnecessary English words, and for promoting 'bahasa baku' at the expense of Jawi and words with Arabic roots.
And in April 24th, Pakcik wrote in Rencana, “Pertahankan nilai baik dalam siaran TV” in which I criticised the indecent behaviour of artists and the improper language used by masters of ceremony.
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