Hornbill Unleashed

November 11, 2017

‘Continue quest to master English’

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 8:02 AM

THE state should continue to emphasise the importance of mastering English language among students to make them competitive in the global stage.

Datuk Sebastian Ting Chiew Yew (BN-Piasau), when debating the budget speech yesterday, said with more study references such as research papers made available online, students everywhere would greatly benefit because most online references are written in English.

He said he was disappointed to hear a federal minister saying recently that English is not a language that guarantees progress.

The statement contradicts the state’s effort to promote English as another widely used language.

“There are thousands of research papers coming out everyday. Is the minister suggesting that we translate every one of them? Why do double work when we can get our students to master English language and learn it right away.”

Ting also said Sarawakians were fully aware that former chief minister the late Pehin Sri Adenan Satem and Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg had many times very clearly said that English language should be the official language of Sarawak apart from Bahasa Malaysia.

He thus hoped that the federal government would follow Sarawak in adopting both Bahasa Malaysia and English as official languages for the sake of our children and the future generation.

Ting also praised Minister of Education, Science and Technological Research Dato Sri Michael Manyin for his tremendous commitment in fighting for more federal funds to repair the1,020 dilapidated schools including 415 critically dilapidated schools in Sarawak, and to centralise the many under-enrolled schools.

“These two issues (dilapidated and under-enrolled schools) have continued to deny our students from having comfortable learning environment and the service of specialist teachers,” he said.

Source : The Borneo Post Online


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