Bung Mok­tar: M’sians who can’t speak BM should be ashamed

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS - BY HAIKAL JALIL

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.

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