BREAKING NEWS! . . . Very few can master the English language . . .

Perfection in writing for perfection in law . . .

The writer, in a contradiction in terms, mentions mastery and fluency in the same breath.

The clueless politicians too use the term mastery.

How many people in Malaysia can say that they have mastered Bahasa M’sia — with many loanwords from English — or Bahasa Melayu (Johor-Rhio-Lingga version) for that matter?

Consider the following:

Mastery (highest level)



Familiarity (lowest level)

Many people in Malaysia are only familiar with the English language.

If TV subtitles in Bahasa M’sia were taken away, the standard of English in the country can only go up.

Very few people will be able to master the English language.

A language can only be mastered by someone working on his or her own. It’s not possible for a language teacher to help a student master a language.

Language comes from within, from the Spirit, not from without. It’s about perfection in writing for perfection in law.

Law, ultimately, is the power of language.

If the nature of human relationships need to be regulated, it can be done by law or by other means.

If it’s regulated by other means, both sides in dispute on issues in conflict must agree.

In Malaysia, education and language are bogged down by politics. The politicians decide the direction in order to remain in the public eye and woo voters in a rabid racist way. This is an exercise in futility.

The people should be given choices.

The issue is choices, not English or Bahasa, mastery or fluency.


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Author: fernzthegreat

Joe Fernandez holds a honours degree in management, majoring in economics, and has opted from academia in law to being a jurist. He was trained professionally on the job as a journalist. He's a longtime Borneo watcher, keen on the history and legal aspects of Malaya's presence in Sabah and Sarawak. He teaches the English language privately and has emerged as a subject matter expert in public examination techniques.

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