STOP wasting time politicising the learning of English and embrace the language without fear, incoming UMNO president Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said.
He said learning another language would not diminish the Malay race but would make them stronger and that the younger generation should master the English language.
“Let us not waste any more time. Stop these pointless polemics. Put an end to the ridiculous politicising of this issue,” he told delegates from Wanita, Youth, and Puteri wings last night.
Najib, who is also the incoming Prime Minister, was referring to the ongoing debate over whether the teaching of Maths and Science in English should continue.
He said the special position of the Malay language would always be upheld no matter what happened but that the language of the people would be of no use if the people themselves perished.
“Consider Latin after the collapse of Rome. It is now almost extinct except for ceremonial use in academic institutions and traditional ceremonies,” he said.
Sanskrit, the Incan and Aztec languages, he added, had all perished with the extinction of the people who spoke them.
“The more important consideration is strengthening the people or the race that speaks the language,” he said.
Najib said only people of great strength and high standing would raise the dignity of their own language, culture and value system.
“To do this, we must first master knowledge and wisdom, much of which is today documented in the English language. Therefore, our younger generation must master the English language,” he said.
[Source : The Star Online]