Malay to be taught as a foreign language?
April 22, 2011, 1:18 am
Filed under: By Rachel Zeng, News Articles, Singapore

Correct me if I am wrong but I thought the Malays were the native people of this land and now Yaacob is suggesting for Malay to be taught as a foreign language in school? What is going on in Yaacob Ibrahim’s mind?

As an educator, I feel that this is such a ridiculous suggestion. Why don’t they evaluate the methods used by teachers and explore other ways to make language lessons livelier and more interesting to students instead? Teaching Malay, or any other local languages, as a foreign language will not change anything if teaching methods remain the same. If he really thinks that it will, and if the Ministry of Education buys his suggestion, they are going to discover that they are so wrong.

Seriously… what the hell?!

Read also:

Yaacob Ibrahim proposes that Malay be taught as a foreign language to halt decline in fluency

“It may be timely for us to teach Malay as a foreign language rather than as a mother tongue” Yaacob Ibrahim (George Yeo claimed that Yaacob was misquoted)

Using foreign teaching methods to teach Malay?


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Yaacob Ibrahim has made the most nonsensical call in the History of Singapore.

The Malay Language used to be a compulsory subject during my school days in the 60s.
Our Fellow Malay Countrymen may like to remind Yaacob Ibrahim when they meet him anywhere.


Comment by patriot

Back then, even my grandad could speak Bahasa Melayu and my grandma could understand Bahasa Melayu. It was a language natural to them because it was the language of the natives.

Comment by rachelabsinthe

this must be the result of the mismanagement of the language in Malaysia, that may have went far to affect the Bruneian, Singapore Malay and even some Indonesian elite’s perception of the Malay language as a ‘poor’ language.

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