‘Mas­ter­ing Ba­hasa Malaysia is ben­e­fi­cial’

Chong: Com­mit­tee to de­sign special pro­grammes to help Chi­nese schoolkids

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KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian Chi­nese school­child­ren will be groomed to master Ba­hasa Malaysia bet­ter with the help of spe­cially de­signed pro­grammes, said Deputy Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Datuk Chong Sin Woon.

Chong pointed out that the ma­jor­ity of Chi­nese pri­mary school pupils would en­rol into National Sec­ondary Schools (SMK), which uses Ba­hasa Malaysia as the main medium to com­mu­ni­cate, af­ter com­plet­ing their Ujian Pen­ca­pa­ian Seko­lah Ren­dah (UPSR).

There­fore, he said, mas­ter­ing Ba­hasa Malaysia is ben­e­fi­cial for these pri­mary school pupils to fur­ther their stud­ies in sec­ondary school.

“It is our national lan­guage. Ev­ery Malaysian cit­i­zen must be flu­ent in it,” he said.

Chong was speak­ing to re­porters here yes­ter­day re­gard­ing the set­ting up of Ba­hasa Malaysia Per­for­mance Im­prove­ment Com­mit­tee for SJK(C), which will over­see the im­prove­ment of the lan­guage in all Chi­nese pri­mary schools.

He said the new com­mit­tee will com­prise des­ig­nated rep­re­sen­ta­tives from 18 non-gov­ern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tions (NGO) – in­clud­ing the Malaysian Chi­nese Lan­guage Coun­cil (MCLC), the Fed­er­a­tion of Chi­nese As­so­ci­a­tions Malaysia (Hua Zong) and more – as well as rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the Ed­u­ca­tion Min­istry.

“It will be in charge of de­sign­ing pro­grammes and iden­ti­fy­ing the most suit­able meth­ods to help Chi­nese pri­mary school pupils strengthen their pro­fi­ciency in the lan­guage,” he said.

He added that the com­mit­tee board mem­bers will be ap­pointed in two weeks’ time.

He said the com­mit­tee will or­gan­ise a seminar in the next few weeks to dis­cuss is­sues on the learn­ing and teach­ing of Ba­hasa Malaysia in the schools.

“We will in­vite Malay lan­guage spe­cial­ists and De­wan Ba­hasa dan Pus­taka to give their views and ideas on the mat­ter.

“Once all the is­sues and views have been gath­ered, then only can we iden­tify the best way to over­come all the prob­lems,” he said.

We will in­vite Malay lan­guage spe­cial­ists and De­wan Ba­hasa dan Pus­taka to give their views and ideas on the mat­ter.

Datuk Chong Sin Woon

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