Why do we Malaysians always seems to go backwards instead of forward? A fine question to ask, dear readers. A very fine question to ask indeed. The answer to that bloody question is quite simple, actually. It’s because we refused to learn, and we refused to advance.
Maybe we Malaysians did not do it on purpose, and many would defend themselves that they do not have that sort of mindset, but then again, with people who constantly claim that if learning certain subjects in English is a betrayal to their race, religion and whatnot, then they are actually moving backward, and not moving forward. Why do I say this? I say this because we are still undeveloped in certain ways.
We lack research. We also did not come out with our own technologies to contribute to the entire human race. In one way or another, we still depends on people whose first language is not our mother’s tongue for knowledge. We are still incapable of doing research on our own to come out with vaccines for many disease. We still need the assistance from our Western counterparts to work with us and come out with new technologies so that we can use it for the good of our own people.
We also do not come out with new technologies to assist humankind in their daily lives. We still depend on people whose language is either English, Japanese, Korean, Russian and whatnot for knowledge that is beyond us. It is not logical to expect people to learn our language and translate their knowledge into our mother’s tongue just because we refuse to make an effort to learn the language that the knowledge was translated into. This is just like we’re telling the entire world that we are hungry, but we refuse to take the spoon and feed ourselves, and instead, we want to be spoofed so that we can fill our stomach. It’s obnoxious, isn’t it? When a chef cook up a delicacy and serve the dishes in a silver platter, he would expect us to pick up the cutleries with our very own hands and feed ourselves, wouldn’t he? Tell me… if there is any chef in the world that would willingly spoon feed a fully grown normal adult? Same goes with knowledge. Why should anyone bother to learn our language and translate their knowledge for us when we refuse to learn the bloody language just because we claim that we are betraying our race or religion by learning their language? It is our loss that we could not understand what they are talking about, not theirs.
I bet the late Einstein would have kicked himself in the grave if he’s told that his theory on time traveling is quite wrong-he said that people could possibly travel into the future, and not the past. Well… Malaysians are traveling into the past, where people’s thinking are orthodox, chauvinist and not liberalized in many ways. I’ll give credits where it’s due. We do advance physically in some ways, thanks to our visionary leaders who made it possible. But our thinking is still in dinosaur’s age.
Two days ago, I came across a news where a certain bastard who is all against teaching science and maths in English. He claimed that by doing so, it’s a betrayal to his race. Well, coming from a bloody bastard who was sacked from the Deputy Prime Minister’s office back in 1998, I’m sure like hell the man is playing racial cards to get some ignorants to achieve his goal. Don’t you think so, dear readers? The man is merely getting people to back his loose ass up so that he could be on top. Well, dream on. I don’t think people will support a man who run like the biggest coward when his underlings are in trouble. I am not one of those with a fickle mind. When the sleepyhead was in office, I slammed him because he never did accomplish anything but wreak economical havoc in the country. What’s more, he merely use religion as his platform to be popular, and his campaign soon backfires. I’d be honest. I did hope that someone will overthrow him, but definitely not our Mr. Anu… he is simply not fit to be PM.
Anyway, back to the subject. I support learning other people’s language, and to me, learning is not a destination, but a lifelong journey.
My English can be considered mediocre, and I daresay I do not speak the Queen’s English on daily basis, but I can guarantee you that if one day I were to be thrown into a country where their first language is English, I would survive and at least, when people are casually calling me names or insulting me into my very face, I would understand what they are delivering.
Cleffairy: Foolish ignorants are everywhere. Will someone please send them back to school so that they can be taught on how to use their bloody brain?