01 Mar '11, 10am

Mastering English not unpatriotic: Mahatir

Mastering English not unpatriotic: Mahatir

Former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said that mastering English language will not make one less patriotic. -- PHOTO: REUTERS SUBANG JAYA - MASTERING the English language will not make one less patriotic, former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said. 'This is the reality we have to face if we want to build the nation towards becoming a developed nation. 'If we decide to learn Science and Mathematics in English, it does not mean we are less patriotic,' he said in his keynote address at the Bio-technology Forum 2011 on 'Past Wisdom For Future Direction' on Monday. He added that the field of science, with its numerous research and inventions, produced hundreds of research papers and books which were all in English. Dr Mahathir also said that mastering English was very important 'because those who don't understand English would lose out'. Last year, the Governme...

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