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A failed venture in English
Thursday, July 9th, 2009 07:12:00 (The Malay Mail)
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HE’S known for his creative  works in literature and has contributed immensely to the literary works of the country. But for the love of Bahasa Malaysia (BM), Malaysia’s national laureate  Datuk A. Samad Said (pic) fought hard against the teaching of mathematics and science in English.Samad talked to Malay Mail on what he thought of the government’s move to revert to teaching the two subjects in BM again.

What do you think of the government’s earlier move to teach mathematics  and science in English?

It was not wise, considering  the decision was made very abruptly. The government only took six months
to change the system.

Does this mean that the move mooted back in 2003 was a failure?

Definitely. It’s not because I say so, but because a lot of research done by professors and educationists indicate the change to be a failure.

Now that the government has reversed it, do you think it is a wise move, and why?

Yes. BM is our root language and should be practised. Not to say that we don’t need to learn English, it’s good to learn as many languages as possible, but like I said before, it’s our root language.

Why throw it away?

Many students said they are used to learning in BM, but when they enter college and university, they need to
learn in English so they have problems getting used to it, as well as understanding the language.

It’s a common problem that we all face. Easy or hard to learn is not the question.

BM is a language that must be maintained. It is just a matter of getting used to learning it.

What about pragmatic issues?

A lot of companies and employers are more interested in hiring those who speak English fluently.

We are speaking in the context of using BM as the language to teach mathematics and science. People
can still practise and learn English, not like they’re not allowed to. After all, it’s good that Malaysians can be
bilingual.

Do you feel that your efforts to revert to teaching the two subjects in BM was worthwhile?

Yes, it was worthwhile.

What do you think is the next move for the government in order to make students capable of interacting in English and BM?

I believe the next move the government should take is to speed up the implementation of teaching mathematics
and science in BM.

It only took six months for our former Prime Minister to change the system. The waiting game shouldn’t be
there in the first place. But if it does, it proves that our new government is not as good as before.

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12/07/2009 7:02pm

KUALA TERENGGANU, 12 Julai (Bernama) — Sekolah Rendah Sultan Sulaiman Satu di sini ditutup selama tujuh hari mulai Khamis lepas apabila dua murid sekolah itu disahkan positif Influenza A (H1N1).

Pengarah Pelajaran Terengganu Ariffin Embong berkata sekolah itu ditutup setelah mendapat nasihat daripada Kementerian Kesihatan.

“Tidak mudah untuk kami menutup sementara sekolah itu. Tetapi setelah mendapat pandangan dan nasihat daripada Kementerian Kesihatan supaya berbuat demikian (menutup), barulah ditutup,” katanya di sini hari ini. Ariffin berkata sekolah itu akan dibuka semula Rabu ini dan menasihatkan ibu bapa supaya tidak bimbang kerana keadaan masih terkawal. — Bernama

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KUALA TERENGGANU, 11 Julai (Bernama) — Permintaan daging ayam di Terengganu pada bulan Ramadan dan hari raya ini, dijangka meningkat kepada 500,000 ekor berbanding 400,000 ekor tahun lepas.

Bendahari Persatuan Ternak Terengganu (PTT), Shamshudin Ab Wahab berkata jangkaan itu berdasarkan persiapan para penternak bagi menghadapi musim perayaan itu.

“Kemungkinan, jika bekalan daging ayam tidak mencukupi pada musim perayaan ini, kita akan import,” katanya ketika dihubungi di sini Sabtu ini.

Beliau berkata terdapat beberapa syarikat ternakan ayam komersil serta berpuluh-puluh penternak yang mengusahakan ternakan ayam di negeri itu.

Katanya harga ayam dijangka stabil pada musim perayaan ini kerana penternak khususnya yang menjalankan ternakan secara kecil-kecilan telah menerima insentif daripada kerajaan.

Beliau berkata harga ayam di ladang ialah RM4.20 sekilogram manakala harga yang dijual di pasar, antara RM5 dan RM7 sekilogram.

Sementara itu, Pengarah Jabatan Veterinar (JPV) negeri, Dr Azizol Mohd Sharum berkata bekalan daging lembu di Terengganu mencukupi pada musim perayaan itu.

“Orang ramai tidak perlu bimbang kerana bekalan daging lembu sentiasa mencukupi di negeri ini,” katanya.

— BERNAMA

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SETIU, 11 Julai (Bernama) — Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin, mengetuai 51 penunggang kuda memulakan cabaran Endurance Ride RTES di Terengganu International Endurance Park (TIEP) di Lembah Bidong di sini Sabtu ini.

Baginda yang menunggang kuda bernama ‘B.H. Magna Thor’, mewakili kelab Royal Terengganu Endurance Stable (RTES), dalam acara 80 kilometer itu.

Kejohanan kuda lasak tersebut sehari itu dijangka akan berakhir pada pukul 5.10 pagi esok.

Kejohanan itu juga turut dimeriahkan oleh penyertaan anakanda Tengku Muhammad Ismail yang akan berentap bersama 33 penunggang dalam saingan kategori 40 kilometer.

Tengku Muhammad, yang mewakili kelab RTES, menunggang kuda bernama ‘Harmere Cairo’.

Kejohanan itu dianjurkan bersama RTES dan kerajaan negeri Terengganu.

— BERNAMA

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