ALONG with so many others, not just in Malaysia but worldwide, I have cringed at the contrived learned utterances by leading politicians. The great inspiring speeches by charismatic people of influence sadly seem a thing of the past.
However, although our present deputy prime minister has had his quota of what he may choose to call “misquotes or misrepresentations” I cannot join the cacophony of criticism over his speech at the United Nations.
Although hardly memorable for the right reasons it is sad that it will be remembered for what critics call his poor command of the English language.
He entered the world stage, delivered a speech in decent enough English and it is a pity that it was not appreciated. I could understand perhaps criticising the speech on its content but I felt the delivery to be adequate.
Surely a man who came from a standard education background has a right to express a certain amount of pride in such an achievement.
Perhaps now, he and others, will be in a better position to understand the need for proficiency in the English language and promote this through all levels of the state education system.
Denis Hayes Kuala Lumpur