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Many bloggers of a certain ethnic group would rather express themselves in  Bahasa Malaysia as they are not able to string sentences well in English. The sorry state of affairs is glaring and the evidence is there for everyone to see.

Granted that other non-English speaking countries are also having the same problem, Malaysia has had a good start in its earlier education system where parents were able to choose which medium of instruction they wanted their children to learn in. But Malaysian politicians chose to dismantle the system in the name of “national unity” and a subtle display of racial dominance: a virtual power play.

Similar anti-colonial reaction took place in Myanmar (Burma) and Seri Lanka (Ceylon). Deterioration of English proficiency is also seen in these countries, setting back their global competitiveness.

Since the abolition of English medium schools in 1982 in Malaysia, English has been thrown into the dustbin and we are witnessing  the current generation struggling with it.

A sitcom currently playing on ASTRO - Correcting Malaysian English

A sitcom currently playing on ASTRO – Correcting Malaysian English

And so I came across this article below taken verbatim from a Malaysian blog which tries to write in English. I should commend his/her effort and hope she would improve by going to  formal English language classes.

For a start the title itself  is a literal translation from BM (Malay language).

The yellow colouring is mine, attempting to correct the grammatical structure and use of certain words, but I gave up after the 10th line!


Where do you keep your Handphone normally?

I have heard a sad real story from my colleague. She told me one of her friend always miscarriage when the baby 2-3 months old for few times continuously in few years time. The couple went to check with many doctors and lastly one of the doctor check on the death baby and found out the baby’s body cells keeping die when baby growing up until he/she cannot be survived. This is because her uterus has been affected by HANDPHONE radiation. The doctor told she has no chance to get baby no matter how because the radiation affected her uterus which the major portion of her uterus cells already death, cannot carry healthy baby. All this because of she has been keeping her handphone in her working jacket which the position just right to the uterus position for few years time. Please beware and take note the consequences is not worth.

Dearest family members,

Please do not overlook the handphone radiation which will affect our health or body organs. Please put away your handphone when ever you don’t need it much.


Please do not keep your handphone near to the kidney position and pants pocket as this will hurt and affect your “production” if you plan to get baby.

The other doctor also advice another friend to keep away handphone to her new born baby to avoid radiation to baby’s brain and cells. Do not let the baby or toddler play with the handphone for long time. This is because the small young baby or toddler still very fragile and most probably they cannot take the radiation.

Please remind yourself do not sleep together with your handphone or put next to your bed. Keep away any other electronic goods (such as tv also) which got radiation away from your bedroom to reduce risk as we have to sleep few hours a day in our bedroom at night. Do not think that you switch off the TV it will be no radiation actually it is still around in your room just not eyes visible, even the small alarm clock not to be advised to put just next to your head while sleeping.

Care about yourself & your love ones.
Sure I understand what she is trying to tell, in fact it is a good story for all it matters, but her English leaves much to be desired and that, by any standard is very poor but at least she is able to communicate in the language whereas countless other young Malaysians are rather handicapped. As such they miss out on massive amount of ,especially technical, information written in English.
The writer of the article probably could read English but she is  unable to enunciate the language properly and therefore might not be able to interact satisfactorily.
No wonder the employers in the private sector are whinging and crying for English-conversant graduates!

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