Don’t deny people opportunity to master English: Mahathir

KUALA NERUS (Bernama) – Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad yesterday reminded educators to continue playing their roles to realise the desire of the government in producing a generation who could master English.

The Malaysian Prime Minister said the role of teachers is important to shape and determine future Malaysians and therefore the government is giving serious focus on education.

“Do not let it become a political issue and deny the people the opportunity to master knowledge due to the political interests of certain groups. We need to master English and I hope educators would give priority to it as it is the language of science and technology.

“Education now will continue to change so that we receive more benefits from our country’s education system,” he said when speaking at a gathering with educators in Terengganu yesterday. Also present were his wife, Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali, Chief Minister Dr Ahmad Samsuri Mokhtar, Deputy Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Raja Kamarul Bahrin Shah Raja Ahmad as well as 1,000 educators.

The event was the first programme of Dr Mahathir’s one-day working visit to Terengganu yesterday. It is also the first visit by the Prime Minister after Pakatan Harapan (PH) won the 14th General Election in May last year.

Dr Mahathir said the government would be introducing an education system directed more towards programmes to help Malaysians to be more competent.

Malaysian Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad greets students at Taman Sinar Harapan. – BERNAMA