English Is Now The Official Language of Sarawak - The Coverage

English Is Now The Official Language of Sarawak

Source : Free Malaysia Today

Source : Free Malaysia Today

Are you one of those people that have always dreaded the language format of the forms you have to fill up at government departments like JPJ?

Bahasa Malaysia words confusing you?

Always have to bring a B.M dictionary whenever you head down to your local traffic police department to file a police report?

Dread no longer! Move to the hills of Kinabalu as Sarawak has officially made the English Language it’s state language.

Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem announced on Wednesday, that the state of Sarawak has adopted and officiated English as the official language of the state administration, apart from Bahasa Malaysia.

“From now on, all official correspondence can be done in both languages. There is no need for it to be solely in Bahasa Malaysia all the time,” he said at the Borneo Convention Centre Kuching on Wednesay.

He added the fact that many graduates in the country were not proficient in the English Language had significantly hindered their prospects as well as the prospects of the country.

“I recently read that more than 2,000 doctors in Malaysia who had completed their studies gave up their medical careers because of poor English … this is very sad,” he said.

His bold move in making English the official state language of Sarawak has earned him accusations of being unpatriotic and unsupportive of the roots and origins of the country.

He digresses and rebuts that when he advocates the use of English in Sarawak, he is just being sensible and logical.

After all, English has long been the most spoken and written language in the world. The use of English is unavoidable and is an absolute must these days. The English Language has become more than a necessity in society.

“I do not know who made the decision not to use English in the past, but it has adversely affected other people now,” he said.

While the netizens of Sarawak have been overwhelmingly supportive of the change implemented by their chief minister, the same cannot be said of those in the peninsula.

One of his critics, Chief Executive of Yayasan Karyawan, Datuk Zainal Abidin Borhan, argued that Adenan’s action had violated Article 152 of the Constitution on the position of Bahasa Malaysia. Appealing to Adenan to review his decision, Zainal said Adenan should not let political interest get in the way of the national agenda.

An online news portal reported that netizens in the peninsula had slammed Adenan for not only failing to uphold the Malay language, but also for destroying efforts to strengthen the language.

The state’s Housing Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg earlier yesterday said since the Sarawak legislative assembly had never endorsed the National Language Act 1967, English is therefore still the official language in the state even though it also accepted Bahasa Malaysia as its national language.

Abang Johari said it was not wrong for Adenan to give prominence on the use of English in the state as he was merely upholding the state’s right under the Malaysia Agreement 1963 which allowed Sarawak to retain English as the official language. He said the Malaysia Agreement allowed Sarawak to have both English and Bahasa Malaysia as the official languages.

So what do you think? Do you think the changes will bring about a better Malaysia?

Will the rest of Malaysia follow this refreshing change to make way to brighter future prospects?

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