This post illustrate that mastering a second language after Bahasa Malaysia does have a plus point. Noruadi Imus is a native from Sabah but she enroll in a Chinese school. To be on par or better than the Chinese student, she work hard in her student and her efforts pay off.
Being a non-Chinese, she is studying in a competitive environment and Chinese is not her mother language. That motivate her to be excellent in her studies to show that even non-Chinese can excel in a Chinese medium school.
Kudos to Noruadi Imus.
Moving on, there are rumors in the federal Cabinet that certain ministers are lobbying to revert the primary school Mathematic and Science subject to Bahasa Malaysia. Talk about half-hearted effort by the government. The Malay students must be doing badly in Mathematic and Science that those racist ministers want to revert the subject to be taught in Bahasa Malaysia. What those racist ministers does not know is that the Malays are not faring better when Mathematic and Science are taught in Bahasa Malaysia.
Looking at the current Malaysia economy, China and United States are the top trading partners of Malaysia. How to send our workers or businessmen to those country to create new business or trade opportunities if they only know Bahasa Malaysia. How to compete in a global market when the international language is spoken in English.
I have no objection that Bahasa Malaysia is the national language but the government must be serious in encouraging the people, especially the Malay to take up second language. Knowing English or Mandarin does not make the Malay less Malay.
And for those politicians who always harp the idea that the Malays will become less Malay if they learn new language, that just show how shallow is the mentality of Barisan Nasional YBs.
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Source: thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2008/5/21/nation/21309604&sec=nation (May 21, 2008)
Chinese education pays off for SPM top scorer
KOTA KINABALU: The competitiveness of a Chinese school education is paying off for 18-year-old Noraudi Imus.
The former Kian Kok Middle School student emerged one of Sabah’s top students in last year’s SPM exam when she scored 121As and is now looking forward to studying medicine thanks to a scholarship from Yayasan Sabah.
For Noruadi, of Kadazandusun and Indonesian parentage, studying in a Chinese school prompted her to “go the extra mile.”
“I had to work extra hard to compete with my classmates. And I’m so grateful to my parents for encouraging me to study in a Chinese school,” said Noruadi, who intends to pursue her medical studies in Russia.
She was among the 25 top Sabah students who were presented with the Yayasan Sabah education scholarships by Chief Minister Datuk Musa Aman on Tuesday.
Noruadi’s mother tongue is Bahasa Malaysia but she is also fluent in English, Mandarin and Hakka and knows “a little bit of Cantonese.”
Growing up in Tuaran district where her father, Imus Onsiang, works as a state Agriculture Department officer and her mother, Syafnidar Syahroeddin, serves as a teacher, Noruadi had many Chinese friends.
“So it seemed natural to join them when they went to a Chinese kindergarten and later at the SJK(C) Chen Sin primary school before doing my secondary studies as Kian Kok,” she said.
Earlier in his speech, Musa said the state and federal governments were focusing on improving education in the country, but parents, civil servants and NGOs such as parent-teacher associations must also do their part.
He said the Education Department for example should step up its inspection of schools to ensure that facilities for students such as tables and chairs were sufficient.