KUCHING, Nov 4: Parti Bansa Dayak Sarawak Baru (PBDSB) stands with state PKR chairman Baru Bian in condemning Tourism and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Nazri Aziz’s latest speech advocating curbing the widespread advancement of English.
For once, PBDSB agreed with the statement made by Ba Kelalan assemblyman Baru who asserted that Nazri’s statement should be ignored.
“PBDSB was shocked that the esteemed Malaysian Tourism Minister had the nerve to spout out such ridiculous nonsense that the English language was a national threat to Malaysia,” said PBDSB in a press statement today.
The party said it was a tremendous disappointment that a Tourism Minister would make such baseless accusations.
PBDSB was wondering whether Nazri realised that the success of the Malaysian tourism industry required a common international language to establish proper international communication with other countries.
“This (Nazri’s statement) makes Malaysian citizens, especially Sarawakians in general, doubtful of his (Nazri’s) credibility as a federal minister whose duty is to govern the country.
“English might not be the national language but it is the official international language. How can Malaysia move forward internationally with such a mindset as Nazri’s?” asked PBDSB.
The party further pointed out that Nazri’s comment has violated the Malaysia Agreement 1963.
“As how it was highlighted by Baru, it would be better off if Nazri had encouraged the pursuit of excellence in both of the national and international languages instead.”
PBDSB called for all Sarawakians as well as the state government and the federal government to take serious note of Nazri’s statement about English being a threat.
“It is appropriate that the Prime Minister (Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak) himself come forth to clarify this issue,” said PBDSB.
On Oct 31, at the launch of National Language Month 2017 at the Akademi Seni Budaya dan Warisan Kebangsaan (Aswara), Nazri had urged Malaysians to fight against the deterioration of Bahasa Malaysia.
Quoting a Unesco report on language endangerment, Nazri said English was a threat to ethnic cultures and languages and that Malaysians had to protect the national language by stopping the widespread advancement of English in Malaysia.
According to Nazri, English although important is not a language that guarantees progress and he blamed private sector segments such as developers and advertisers for the advancement of English. — DayakDaily