Wednesday, March 11, 2009

To continue or Not To Continue? But one thing for sure, PPSMI continues to be politicalized

"takkan melayu hilang di dunia"

I'm sure most of us can relate to that famous quote from Hang Tuah, the lagendary hero of Malay people. Now, I know most of us in Malaysia, especially the Malays have different opinions on the PPSMI issue. I, as one of the Malays here in Malaysia, have my own set of opinions too. And here is my two cents on the matter..

1. I am a Malay. Was, is and forever will be. I feel that the implementation of teaching Maths and Science in English is a good start in shaping a more globalized Malays, the ultra-Malay. Malays with the finest attributes that surpasses the ordinary standards of Malays.

2. Some lot, Pejuang Bahasa or the so-called Malay-warriors oppose the idea of PPSMI. They argue if the government continues PPSMI, it will eradicate the usage of Bahasa Melayu, the Malay language. Translatation: A total massacre of Malay supremacy.

3. Now what I just don't get, why are we against such good thing? Whether we, Malays, like or not, English language is THE LANGUAGE OF THE WORLD. now, some lot argues PPSMI only benefits those urban malays but doesn't do justice to the rural malay kids. I beg to differ on this. Any language, if one wants to master have to be taught at an early age. Now if our kids starts to familiarize the usage of English in critical subjects like Maths and Science, I reckon they will learn more and be better equip with the language as they grow up. Familiarize and practice; from kiddy age. As kids are like sponge, the just absorb knowledge quickly. Even the Malay have a phrase for this, "melentur buluh biar dari rebungnya"

4. I don't have kids. But I do have nieces and nephews that are still young and part of the PPSMI cohort. They are just doing fine. In fact, i kept asking them if they find the subjects difficult. They said no. Infact, they say enjoy it. And my nieces and nephews are so comfortable with language, depa cakap lagi berabuk omputeh than me.

5. I feel it doesn't make us Malays any less Malay if we learn other language. We should instead be more pragmatic on this issues. Do look at PPSMI on a different light. A good positive light.

6. Statistics does show that Malay graduates are the ones who make up most numbers of unemployment. The sad part is, most don't get employed not because of lack of credentials but FAILURE TO COMMUNICATE IN ENGLISH. And when i say failure, i don't refer to Shakespearean type of English, just normal everyday usage of that language. they (most) can even construct a simple english sentence and don't even get me started on the lack of vocabulary..