Do we need a change in our education system?
Posted by pervster on February 12, 2009
A good friend of mine, d_sticks, requested I put up this blog on his behalf, as he’s just scared someone will read this and tell his boss about it….
Anyway, my good friend, d_sticks, works in a Multinational Company in Penang. I shall not name the company, in case they decide to sue me, but let me just tell you they’re inside all your computers…
Coming back to the story, my friend had expected to improve his English in this company…after all, it is an American company. Little did he know, that English was the second language when he first joined. No, Bahasa was not the first. It was Hokkien.
Meetings which usually start in English will end up in Hokkien. People will gather in his cube, and yap away in Hokkien…..or Mandarin…whichever suits them. d_sticks has no idea how to speak both languages by the way. In fact, most of his chinese friends from school don’t know both the languages either. d_sticks went to a La Sallian school in Ipoh, where everyone spoke in English and Malay, and cursed in every single language possible (cursing was a universal language)
Anyway, apparently, over the years, things at this particular company have changed (for the better). Most of the people converse in English now, and they’re more sensitive to the people around them (after numerous people like d_sticks complained)
But…the problem now is, the English is at a horrible level. Now, I’m not saying my English is good. I actually consider it pretty bad. I make numerous grammar mistakes. Let’s not even get into spelling mistakes (thank goodness there’s always a spell check tool available).
With d_stick’s permission, I’m going to share with you, my ever so loyal readers (yes, all 5 of you) some of the mistakes that drives most of the ….so called English speaking crowd to say, up the wall:
1. You is _____________
2. Thanks you
3. Sorry for the inconvenient / inconvenienced
4. Takes care
5. In liew (wonder who liew is what what’s inside him)
7. Correct me if I’m not wrong (Errrrrrrrrrrrrrr…….so if he’s right, we correct him?……)
8. Please hold on to your house (Hmm….all of a sudden…horses don’t seem like a big deal)
9. I’ve got a questions
10. If you think someone reserve a pack at the back (I have my reservations…)
11. We didn’t awares
12. Kill two stones with one bird (god, i pity the bird)
13. As informal as impossible (yes…you’ve got to be as formal as possible then)
14. Please be punctured for the meeting (in other words, please drink your hearts out the night before, we need you to be totally knackered for the meeting)
15. some calls it
16. Please response
17. Different shade (APPARENTLY…get this…..it’s supposed to be “differentiate”)
18. Death line (amazingly enough, this is supposed to be dateline….man…this is one dateline i refused to meet on time)
19. Offside (perfectly fine if we’re talking about football…. but apparently, there was an off-SITE meeting)
20. Please come over and correct your document (it would have been fine if you had to indeed correct the document….but this was a perfectly fine document…nothing needed to be corrected…collection however, was needed)
Alright, the list goes on and on, and I’ll update it when something new pops up.
But the purpose of this post is not to laugh at the bird which has to kill two stones. What on earth is going on here?
It appears, there are two main “clans” in this particular MNC. Those who went to Chinese schools, and those who didn’t. Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying Chinese schools are a bad thing. Education wise, I’d say Chinese schools are probably better than all the other schools. Unfortunately, in terms of communication skills, those from Chinese schools have a horrible track record (from my personal experience…and d_sticks’ as well I guess). This is probably due to lack of other races in these Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan (SJK) schools.
Yes, there are a few non Chinese in Chinese schools, but percentage wise it’s pretty much close to nothing. Before I get bombarded from everyone saying I’m a racist, let me just point out it’ll probably happen to the Indians (Tamils in particular) too if there were secondary schools in Tamil.
Now let’s have a look at the regular Sekolah Kebangsaan (SK) schools. Education wise…is probably …not as good as that received in Chinese schools, but, the kids get to mingle around in a diverse environment. We live in a multi – racial country. The only way us to actually live harmoniously in a multi racial society is if we are brought up in such an environment.
You don’t expect someone who spends 12 or 13 years of his early life in a confined environment to come out and mingle freely upon graduation from high school. It just doesn’t work that way. The culture is carried wherever they go – to University / College…overseas…etc. Very rarely do we hear of Malaysians who go to these so called SJK schools who actually mingle around with other races either in local universities or universities located overseas. It’s always the same remark you hear – They stick to themselves….
Anyway, I could probably go on and on, but I’m going to stop for now, as this posting is long overdue. Before I sign off, I’ll leave you with an email write up from one of these MNCs. I’ve deleted as much as possible to protect the identity of my source. (if you can actually understand what’s being written down here…..please send me a note!!)
XX Annual Dinner themed “XX” curtained down with intermingles of glamorous, boisterous, and glorious. Employees had a great time relishing their own masterpiece-their interdepartmental short film, apart from the scrumptious buffet and conspicuous entertainment.
It was the most distinctive annual dinner ever after in the memoirs of XX. The mystery and ad-lib farewell session for the most prestigious XX Director ZZ successfully penetrated into the director and employees heart. For some of the female employees, their tears almost were dripping out of their eyelids unconsciously.
The dinner curtained up with dazzling opening dance to light-ups our employees. During both of the games, our cooperative and energetic employees really put their best foot forward to participate, and most of them enjoyed very well.
The premier of all short films and award presentation sessions bring up another boiling point to that night. Employees were equally supportive for their own department’s production, the sense of affiliations and belonging overwhelmed among groups. It was such a prudent decision to make the short film competition an interdepartmental contest. Bravo!
Internal talents are scattered and hidden all over XX, both of the emcees were fabulous throughout the whole night, they managed to control the atmosphere for that night professionally. Audiences gaggled and silenced at the right moments followed their pranks and cues.
AA appeared to be the luckiest employee for that night, with the god’s hand, the TFT Samsung Spymaster 732N LCD 17 monitor finally gone to him; and the subsequent heart-touching farewell session marked the end to the annual dinner.