I am a great fan of what Bananas from Banana Republics say.
And seeing as our very own Beautiful MALAYSIA produces some of the world's best bananas, you can please draw your own conclusions.
Zorro Unmasked reports that a certain Deputy Minister (of Education no less!) has said that speaking English in the workplace is "weird" and harmful to the nation's culture and identity.
That statement in itself is Wonderfully Weird & Awfully Harmful.
I really don't know what are the criteria for picking ministers, diplomats or candidates to critical government positions but I hope our dear Government / Leaders will consider only appointing those with the following 3 Basic qualities:
1. That candidates should have (highly recommended here) a use-able & service-able Brain so that they may reflect a little on what they are going to say BEFORE they say it.
2. That candidates should have the Confidence to embrace & accept the Different, the Weird & the Strange, because if one were to turn the mirror around...?? Or does that conflict with the 1Malaysian concept?
3. That candidates be able to, competently Speak, Read & Write English, if not also Mandarin, Hindi & French.
Or isn't it trueI that more people in the world speaks these languages than ....Sadly & alas!..Bahasa Malaysia or Bahasa Indonesia?
Ofcourse some may say I am one of those who feel that even a fart from a white man smells better than perfume emanating from a local.
But I don't think so sirree.
I think that I am only one of the hundred of millions in this world who think that the ability to speak a foreign language well does not diminish one's love for one's country, race, religion or culture.
And definitely speaking a foreign language well certainly does not make one a better (or worst) person than the next.
So Mr Git-an-Education-y'self, please take a jump outta that well. It's time you left that round sky behind you!