PUTRAJAYA, Oct 22 (Bernama) – Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak today suggested that students of higher learning institutions (IPT) continue dignifying Bahasa Melayu and strengthening the English Language without adversely affecting their identity as Malaysians.
The Prime Minister said the mastery of two languages such as Bahasa Melayu and the English Language was important so that they could compete in the world of globalisation.
“Every individual should have an edge by speaking proficiently in two languages. How good it is, indeed, if they have the ability to master three languages such as Mandarin or Japanese because this will become an asset.
“The identity of a Malay and a Malaysian citizen will not be affected if he or she is well-versed in the English language.
“With a mastery of the English Language, we can compete on the international stage and still maintain our identity,” he said at an Evening Tea with more than 400 participants of the Prime Minister’s Debate Cup 2011 between institutions of higher learning at Sri Perdana here, Saturday.
A total 46 teams will take part in the Prime Minister’s Debate Trophy which offers a cash prize of RM25,000 for the champions in each category, namely, English Language and Bahasa Melayu.
The Prime Minister also gave advice as an ‘elder brother’ to the contestants to make full use of their time as students to always seek to master knowledge to become an intellectual person.
He also suggested that IPT students read avidly to upgrade their knowledge and communication skills.
As a leader of the nation, he also wanted IPT students to continue to support the National Transformation Plan which was formulated specially for the future of the young generation.
“Together we make the National Transformation Plan successful. This will decide on the future of the nation,” he said.
Source : Bernama