How should we judge a government?

In Malaysia, if you don't watch television or read newspapers, you are uninformed; but if you do, you are misinformed!

"If you're not careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed, and loving the people who are doing the oppressing." - Malcolm X

Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience - Mark Twain
Never argue with an idiot, otherwise people won't know which one of you is the idiot.
Since light travels faster than sound, some people appears bright - until you hear them speak.

Why we should be against censorship in a court of law: Publicity is the very soul of justice … it keeps the judge himself, while trying, under trial. - Jeremy Bentham

"Our government is like a baby's alimentary canal, with a happy appetite at one end and no responsibility at the other. " - Ronald Reagan


Government fed by the people

Government fed by the people

Career options

Career options
I suggest government... because nobody has ever been caught.

Corruption so prevalent it affects English language?

Corruption so prevalent it affects English language?

When there's too much dirt...

When there's too much dirt...
We need better tools... to cover up mega corruptions.

Prevent bullying now!

Prevent bullying now!
If you're not going to speak up, how is the world supposed to know you exist? “Orang boleh pandai setinggi langit, tapi selama ia tidak menulis, ia akan hilang di dalam masyarakat dan dari sejarah.” - Ananta Prameodya Toer (Your intellect may soar to the sky but if you do not write, you will be lost from society and to history.)

Wednesday, November 09, 2016

Patrick Teh: An English lesson that we should learn from Jack Ma

This is one of the most convincing reasons for learning English language...

Excerpt from a letter to The Star:

"Although Ma’s e-commerce success impressed me tremendously, even more impressive is his perseverance and foresight in mastering English. When he was a teenager, he went the extra mile to learn English. He went to a hotel near his home to communicate with Western tourists in English and when he wasn’t satisfied with what he had learnt from them, he decided to pursue a degree in English, graduating in 1988.


If Ma hadn’t taken great efforts to master English, he wouldn’t have had the opportunity to explore the enormous potential of the Internet in the United States in 1995. With that exposure, he finally returned to China to form Alibaba in 1999. And the rest is history. In less than two decades, Alibaba rose to an astonishing level, making its historic listing in the New York Stock Exchange two years ago.
Learning English in China is far more difficult than in Malaysia as it isn’t widely spoken. When I was in Shanghai in 2001, I noticed that many parents there were keen to send their children to kindergartens with outstanding English teachers. They were aware of the importance of this global language.
If our local university graduates failed in their endeavours to master English, they probably need to listen to the conversation between President Obama and Ma on the “Obama interviews Alibaba billionaire Jack Ma” website. Ma speaks impeccable English even though he didn’t have an environment conducive to learning this language more than two decades ago."
IMHO: In Malaysia, it seems hopeless to expect our education system to include English as an essential language in whatever form. That students cannot cope must be one of the silliest excuses. So it will continue to be left to the decision of parents and later, the students themselves, whether to learn English sufficiently to benefit from the information technology which is in use in our daily lives. Learning any language needs contant practice and exposure. Watching English news on tv and reading English newspapers would be helpful, so does speaking English with those who use the language, like what Jack Ma did initially.
By the way, here's the link to Obama interviews Alibaba billionaire Jack Ma mentioned in the letter above: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WACqJ28OJUY

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