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Tuesday, July 4, 2017

‘Relaxing pass rule jeopardises BM’

If BM can now be trivialised, there will surely be other matters in the constitution which will be picked on and abolished by irresponsible parties, says Umno education bureau chairman.
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MELAKA: The relaxation of the requirement for a pass in Bahasa Melayu (BM) in the SPM examination for the appointment of contract Grade UD41 medical officers by the health ministry could jeopardise the position of BM as the national language in this country.
Umno education bureau chairman prof Ibrahim Shah Abu Shah said BM, enshrined as the national language under Article 161 and 152 of the Federal Constitution, was also used as a medium in the dealings of the government and other agencies in Malaysia.
He said the bureau viewed the recent statement by health ministry director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah on the issue as serious.
“If BM can now be trivialised, there will surely be other matters in the Malaysian constitution which will be picked on and abolished by irresponsible parties.
“The top leaders in the ministry must study the effects of the decision, especially when it involves a matter contained in the Federal Constitution,” he said in a statement here today.
He said it was not something which could be changed at whim as the effects would be felt in the next 10 or 20 years.
Ibrahim Shah said although it was crucial that the English language be mastered, especially in order to achieve the National Transformation 2050 (TN50) agenda, it was not an excuse for medical doctors to not master BM as there were already many people in the country who were not proficient in the language, including state assemblymen and members of Parliament.
He said the mastery of BM was not only for communication purposes, adding that if science and medicine could be learnt through the national language, this would produce many doctors among Malaysians.
He added that the language proficiency was even more important for those who would serve as civil servants, especially in the medical profession as they would be the front-liners who served the public. -FMT

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