Thursday, April 7, 2011

Malaysia most proficient in English in Asia

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia came out tops for English proficiency among Asian countries where English is not the mother tongue.

In the Education First English Proficiency Index (EF EPI) 2011 report released on March 30, Malaysia overtook Hong Kong (at second place), South Korea (third place) and Japan (fourth place).

Malaysia is the only Asian country rated as "high proficiency" for the English proficiency level in the report. All the countries were rated at five different levels -- very high proficiency, high proficiency, moderate proficiency, low proficiency and very low proficiency.

Malaysia is also ranked ninth place globally.

Education First, a global education centre, conducted online English tests on 2.3 million working adults globally from year 2007 to 2009. English proficiency was tested in four categories -- grammar, vocabulary, reading and listening.

The EP EPI measures the average English proficiency of an entire country and compares English skill levels between countries. It was the first index of its kind to give countries a standardised measure of English competency in adults.

Deputy Education Minister Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong was happy with the results but said there was still room for improvement.

"Although we topped other Asian countries, we are still in the ninth place globally.

"I believed with the ministry increasing the period for English language in schools, it will help our students to improve their command in English," he told the New Straits Times yesterday.

Asked whether the ranking will bring back the teaching of Mathematics and Science in English (PPSMI), he said the ministry would look into the possibility.

On Monday, MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek had said that PPSMI should be allowed to continue especially in selected urban schools where adequate qualified teachers were available.

He added that teaching both subjects in English was crucial if the country wishes to move towards a developed nation status.

On Saturday, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, said that the government would study the possibility of using two mediums of instruction in the teaching of Science and Mathematics in schools.

Last July, the Cabinet decided the medium of instruction for Mathematics and Science would revert to Bahasa Malaysia in national schools and mother-tongue languages in national-type schools from next year onwards.

New Straits Times, 7th April 2011

Proficiency in languages will open doors to knowledge.

Anyone reading this blog who knows more than 2 languages, please tell me how do you do it because you have the advantage amongst all the rest who knew only 1 language!

I am sure those who wants the Malays to be left behind will propagate championing the Malay language but knowing more than 1 language will take you places.

Becoming proficient in other languages does not make you less Malay, less patriotic or not being a true Malaysian anymore.

You will have an edge for being better than the rest, you will be admired for being able to master other languages which will open you doors of opportunities anywhere you go.

Just look at Mahathir Lokman for example; he can speak fluent French, English, and 3 more languages which makes him a hit when there are events that require a emcee who can speak in other languages.


  1. Hey what about Singapore?

  2. congatulation my fellow compatriots

  3. Bro/Sis Anon. Singapore practices something called Singlish.

    Bro Ipoh Malay. Congratulations to our fellow Malaysians.

  4. But bro, if Singaporean speaks Singlish, our own version of English should be known as Manglish la kan..see with the la and kan..kan?

    However the news really motivating..go Malaysians!! speak Victorians!! haha!


  5. as a malay guy, i think i should have a pat on my shoulder coz i m quite ok in 3 languages besides malay..hehe

  6. Branon. The person who uses 'La' with their English sentences are the ones who are not using the proper English when speaking. So those people are excluded.

    Anon 4:28 PM. Congratulations bro/sis. You are one of the kind.

    Bro dzimba MMIM. Thanks bro.

  7. Wee Ka Siong the chubby cry baby deputy minister said more can be done to improve the ranking. I suggest he starts with the chinese vernacular schools. Everybody knows that the SJKC types are not only unable to speak the national language, but are also grossly deficient when it comes to English communication. They can only speak tongsan. After school, they can only work in ah beng bengkels, sell pirate DVDs and massage spa. Useless.

  8. I am proud that I have a good command and proficient in at least 3 languages, Malay, English and Kelantanese lol!Seriously Mandarin should be made a compulsory language subject for Malays from tadika level right up to university. It will enable the Malaysian Chinese to better interact with the Malays,and the Malays will be better respected natianally and abroad. Remember China is now the biggest economy in Asia and second largest in the world. But all races in Malaysia, especially the current and coming generations, must be proficient in at least Bahasa Melayu and English. It will be an advantage too, for Muslims in Malaysia to learn Arabic, the language of the Al-Quran.Do not fret, life itself is a journey and we are required to seek knowledge all the time as we go along the journey.
    Salam Seberang Laut,

  9. Bro PornStar. The Malaysian Government should do it like Indonesia where the Chinese there have to speak Indonesian and school in a school which uses the Indonesian language. 1Sekolah Untuk Semua.

    Bro Anon / Westaussiemalay. Every Malay should emulate you. Keep up the good work!

  10. anon 11:08,

    i cud be prouder than you since i speak and write 2 languages proficiently and can use & understand kedahan & kelantanese dialect almost perfectly every day with colleagues & my superior. i can also use a little bit of mandarin/cantonese and tamil to tease my chinese & indian friends bcoz they are the ones who always taught me!

    but what disgusts me is people who are against the use of english as in ppsmi before but sent their children abroad with the scholarship given by the government! how very @#$%^&*()!!!

    they wont be here for long but then their children & grandchildren or great2 grandchildren will curse them in their graves for making a grave mistake!!!!

  11. bro anti bohmau. those kinda hypocrites disgust me too. khaaak ptuihhhh! spit at them!


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