Everyone who says that he/she is a Malaysian citizen, has no excuse whatsoever, not to be fluent in Bahasa Kebangsaan (the National Language), that is Bahasa Melayu. Malaysians will use Bahasa Melayu when interacting with fellow Malaysians. Not only that, every Malaysian citizen must uphold the National Language in accordance to the provisions of the Constitution. Public displays, signage, bill boards, every official and commercial businesses and correspondences, functions etc within this country must use Bahasa Melayu.
A ruling of a court-case states:-
"The supremacy of Bahasa Malaysia or the Malay language in our courts cannot be denied. Article 152 of the Federal Constitution, read together with section 8 of the National Language Act provide that all proceedings, other than the giving of evidence by a witness, in the Federal Court, Court of Appeal, High Court and subordinate court shall be in the national language." (Source : Lawyer Kampung)
Alright, some of the Malaysians will lament .."Oh! what will happen to our mother tongue. You want to kill our beloved mother tongue..?!!"
Relax bro! We want you to become Malaysians, not kill your mother tongue. Let's hear what Prof. Khoo Kay Kim has to say about this:-
"Mother tongue" is another misunderstood term. It should be the language used by members of a particular family, not the language used by a nation. Therefore, Tamil is not the "mother tongue" of every Indian. The Bengalis, Punjabis, Malayalis and Telegus have their own "mother tongues". In Sarawak and Sabah, the indigenous people have numerous "mother tongues".
Let's move on.
English is the second language, here in Malaysia. I would like to say also that it is a "must" for every Malaysian citizen to sufficiently be fluent in English. This second language shall be used when interacting with non-Malaysians as we do not expect non-Malaysians to be well versed or understand Bahasa Melayu (even though many non-Malaysians do really have impeccable command of Bahasa Melayu)
Let us now have some ideas, how important the English Language to us, in our daily lives.
Some images (with credits) from:-
I am available at next ticket office?
One Flesh Juice to go and err.. alcools, bar tender?
Let's try the "TUKEKARA-NOODLE" which is.......
"The noodles of a phantom with the resistance to the teeth of boast of our shop. The exquisite rainy season which repeated trial and error and was completed. Colorful red pepper of Asia. Domestic careful selection pork ........."
Alright! Cancel. NON-HALAL!
(Now, let's find this place)
Aarrgghh! Let's find another door please!
and be mindful not to let them call the police to lock you up when you are in an elevator..
(Need to attend to nature call first!)
Should I walk backward to go foward ?!
Goshh!! I need a rest!
Still could not locate the rest room?
And when you get there, dont forget to...
No comment (me not a lady)
Gosshh!! I end up in the wrong toilet?
You need assistance?
Oh! You can provide me with some assistance....
errr.. what kind of pleasure..?!!
Well THANK YOU!! err.. how do I take myself, please?
You mean, one of these CARES?
he..he..he.. what exactly is in your mind right now?...
Maybe we should ask this guy for more info?
Did he just mention this? !!
Let's Rock then !!!
Hand me the dictionary, please!
Oh! Oh! Ok! Understood! Just need a puff break ! Errr.. did you see me "smmmorrkiing"? full of smoke?
O Sinner! Cleanse your soul for you have sinned! Or forever lose your soul!
And pray hard to redeem yourself !!! Do MultiplePrayers at least 3 times !!
Do you realise that you have wasted your hard-earned money ?
Leave this sinful place at once !!
(at window No. 2 - DUSHH!!) ouch! Whadda.. #%*!@ ?!
(at window No. 3) ooouuuchhhh!!! Again ???!!
(please get a punch at window.. aarrgghh!! %^#*!)
Remember your family...
The Last Supper
Dear Lord! I am sitting up straight on this chair to have this last supper. Please command someone to clean the table because I dont think I can do the cleaning after the supper and,
please do not bill my corporation for the cleaning services..!
And Dear Lord, let there be no Cheese Fair in this Last Supper for I fear cheese..!!
Though I think many of you have come across this youtube video, I still find this so hilarious that I need to post it here.
Still not convinced on the importance of English?
(Read the feature article & see the priceless photo)