PETALING JAYA: PAS President Tan Sri Abdul Hadi Awang might have a “caught mindset” in terms of English, says Datin Noor Azimah Abdul Rahim.
The Parent Action Group for Education (PAGE) chairman mentioned that it’s short-sighted to label Malaysians preferring to talk English over the nationwide language as having a colonial mindset.
“Perhaps Abdul Hadi is the one with a ‘caught mindset’. The world is just too numerous and dynamic, and transferring at a quicker tempo than one can think about,” mentioned Noor Azimah.
“A ‘caught mindset’ of considering that there’s nonetheless a wrestle between BM and English, and imagining that there’s nonetheless a colonial mindset is just not solely myopic, however it is usually sadly revealingly insecure,” mentioned Noor Azimah on Monday (July 4).
On Sunday (July 3), Abdul Hadi mentioned in a press release revealed on Harakah Daily that Malaysians preferring English over BM are nonetheless trapped in a colonial mindset.
Abdul Hadi additionally criticized Malaysians who continually belittle the Bahasa Malaysia language.
“Their souls are still trapped with the former colonists who previously enslaved them,” mentioned Abdul Hadi.
Abdul Hadi additionally claimed that there are Malaysians who prioritize the utilization of English in official occasions and English.
“In fact, advertisements in shops and the market, as well as the names of cities and roads are named in English, even though a majority of its target audience do not know English,” said Abdul Hadi.
“At the same time, they do not care about whether their audiences consist of Malaysians who do not know English,” he added.
On May 24, Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Mohd Zuki Ali was quoted as saying that he hoped the Public Service Department (JPA) would contemplate motion towards those that didn’t take directions regarding the usage of Bahasa Malaysia within the civil service severely.
On June 21, Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka (DBP) board of governors chairman Datuk Seri Awang Sariyan proposed that those that don’t respect the nationwide language be fined as much as RM50,000 or sentenced via imprisonment via a number of amendments.
Awang mentioned the proposed punishment would wish an modification of the DBP Act 1959 and added that the modification is at present within the last levels of discussions earlier than it’s introduced to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob in July.