24 Apr '11, 8am

GE: Dr Yaacob disappointed with negative reactions to Malay Language issue: By Patwant Singh | Posted: 24 April

SINGAPORE : Environment and Water Resources Minster Yaacob Ibrahim said he is not worried, but disappointed by the negative reactions to his remarks on the teaching of the Malay language as a foreign language. Dr Yaacob made the remarks while addressing 200 Malay-Muslim pre-university students at a dialogue session in Ang Mo Kio last Tuesday. The minister was responding to a question from the media at the unveiling of the upgrading plans for Geylang West Community Club. Dr Yaacob had at a dialogue session, suggested that methods used in teaching foreign languages could be explored, to find out if these offer more ideas in teaching Malay to children who do not use Malay as a primary language at home. Joining Dr Yaacob at the event at Kallang Heights was Dr Lee Boon Yang, advisor to the Jalan Besar Grass Roots Organisations, who is retiring from politics. Also present were M...

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