Bung Moktar: M’sians who can’t speak BM should be ashamed
PETALING JAYA: Malaysians who are unable to communicate properly in Bahasa Malaysia are the ones who should feel ashamed, said Umno supreme council member Datuk Bung Moktar Radin.
He was responding to comments made by netizens on Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi’s speech at the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York recently.
Ahmad Zahid was criticised for his poor command of English.
Bung Moktar said even in the Dewan Rakyat, some opposition parliamentarians were unable to fluently communicate in the national language.
“We should be ashamed if there are Malaysians who cannot speak the national language, such as some opposition leaders.
“I suggest that those who cannot speak proper Bahasa Malaysia should take a language course,” he told theSun.
Others who spoke in defence of Ahmad Zahid said he should not be ridiculed, as he had shown courage by choosing to deliver his speech in English on a global platform.
Bung Moktar said Ahmad Zahid should not be ashamed of the criticism he received as he had tried his best.
“Some world leaders, such as those from China and Russia, managed to receive global recognition despite their poor command of English.
“To me, this issue will not bring any implications. There is no need for him to be ashamed as it is a normal thing,” he said.
Asked whether Ahmad Zahid should take up an English course to improve his English mastery, Bung Moktar said there was no need for that.