08 Oct '11, 5am

#Singapore: 'Both English, #Chinese are vital' says Former Minister Mentor #language #mandarin

SINGAPORE - Former Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew (picture) said that, if young Singaporeans give up the Chinese language, they will have lost something valuable. Mr Lee noted that, while English has given Singapore access to the world, the Chinese language is equally important for cultural and pragmatic reasons. He was speaking at a dialogue with 4,000 Chinese businessmen at the 11th World Chinese Entrepreneurs Convention last night. Speaking in both English and Mandarin during the hour-long dialogue, Mr Lee answered a wide range of questions, including one on the country's bilingual policy. Acknowledging that the bilingual policy was one of the toughest policies he had to implement, Mr Lee stressed the need for young Singaporeans to be proficient in both languages. "Everyone knows you got to do English, otherwise you won't get on in Singapore, you won't get on with interna...

Full article: http://www.todayonline.com/Singapore/EDC111008-0000063/Bo...

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