Hornbill Unleashed

October 28, 2016

Oh my English! NSOF motto flayed by netizens

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 9:01 PM

NSOFThe National Special Operations Force (NSOF) was a hot topic on social media, albeit for the wrong reasons after netizens noticed that the agency’s motto used English that was well, less than ‘accurate’.

Many, including Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin, retweeted a picture of a closeup of the NSOF crest and pointed out that the motto “Speed and Accurate” was grammatically wrong.

Khairy said it should either be “Speed and Accuracy” or “Fast and Accurate”.

“But not this,” he wrote before sharing the picture.

One of Khairy’s followers identified as Hisham suggested that the Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka needs to be reprimanded, while another, Nezyrin Iklram said the copywriter should be fired.

Another netizen known as Rin wrote that the bad English on the uniform is the result of those fluent in the language being labelled “arrogant” or “over the top”.

Meanwhile, a tweet by user Tan Sri MamuTm simply said: “Riight…such english. Much wow.”

Yesterday, Prime Minister Najib Razak launched the NSOF which serves as a permanent team to act swiftly against terrorist threats.

The NSOF is a joint initiative involving the Malaysian Armed Forces (ATM), the police and the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA), with its personnel seconded to the team.

The first group will serve for at least three years while the next group will serve for at least two years.

The main task of NSOF is to eliminate all forms of terrorism on land, air or in the water and to be always prepared to react quickly against threats.

Meanwhile, still on social media, some people have also questioned the existence of the NSOF, wanting to know if it is a new “army” under the purview of the controversial National Security Council (NSC) Act, which is led by the prime minister.

Source : FMT Reporters Online



  1. should we be more supportive of such steps taken to protect our national/individual security at the possible expense of our Constitutional rights and freedoms, not to mention breaking the traditional chain of command of the Agong and the military?

    Comment by Aifa — November 1, 2016 @ 9:30 AM | Reply

  2. More allocations for the learning of arabic in the new budget so there really is no hope for a better English then this NSOF motto!!


    Comment by Brian — October 31, 2016 @ 1:45 AM | Reply

  3. A tribute to DPM’s Manglish?

    Comment by Zuan — October 29, 2016 @ 10:04 AM | Reply

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