KOTA KINABALU: It is never too late to improve weaknesses or mistakes in the past.
Sabah Minister of Tourism, Culture and Environment, Datuk Seri Panglima Masidi Manjun, said it is never too late to improve proficiency in English language among students, and the blame should not be pinned on certain parties.
“I do not see a solution to improve English proficiency among schoolchildren if we kept on blaming on the past; instead we should find ways to solve the problem since it will be more effective,” he said when met by the media during the state level English Language Day Programme launching at SMK Sri Nangka, Tuaran, this morning.
He said the initiative to make Tuesdays as English Language Day is a good start in encouraging students to speak in English.
During his reading of the text speech from the Chief Minister, Datuk Seri Panglima Musa Hj. Aman, he said a continuous effort is required in order to increase fluency in English, which is considered as an international language.
“It is estimated two billion people globally use English as their daily language. It is approximately one-third of the world population,” he added.
Learning the language is vital since most work opportunities require job-seekers to be fluent in the language, he explained.
Masidi urged for members of society not to be embarrassed despite being insulted by their friends for conversing in English.
“It is not a good situation (insult) for someone who are trying to improve their English proficiency, but it should not be an obstacle for them,” he said. –SayangSabah