“Thank goodness China still a communist country, rampant with various problem. Country like Malaysia will be doomed if China become 1st world country”.
This is a simpleton conclusion I made after watched China Phoenix Channel program “Tiger Talk”(website language : Simple Chinese) , host by Hu Yi Hoo (胡一虎 nickname Tiger).
The weekly program throw a debate topic and invite group of interest party to debate about it. Instead of blind support vs opposing debate, the debates always open one mind by exchanging fact. The recent debate of China education frenzy of Olympic math, has pin point the problem to the root of the problem, rather than the debate topic itself. People in Malaysia might call it “distraction” or “shifting focus”, but the critical thought bring out by the participant is a SHOCK to me.
The outcome of debate/discussion are miles ahead of Malaysia standard.
Today, China still rampant with massive bureaucracy and power corruption. If China successfully transit to government similar to European Union, China soft power and competitiveness can easily consume last bit of FDI from uncompetitive country.
While Malaysia still wasting its time on obsoleted education system and distract the people with English teaching, the mass media has FAILED to notify the uninformed people about changes. I still see Malaysia political media like Utusan Malaysia continue the “bellybutton watch” show.
English alone will not increase Malaysia competitiveness. We need way to open the people views, English should be Malaysian yet another windows to look at the world. However, English view angle are narrow to English culture, we must not fooled ourselves about “English view”, and think ourselves as the English society when Malaysia inherit little of English philosophy, literature, history etc.
If Malaysian government and people like Mahahatir only interest in making English as tools, I doubt the effectiveness of English teaching on helping Malaysia in the game of globalisation. If Malaysia English media failed to give viewpoint such as US health policies, global warming, trade wars,etc, and discuss how the experience will help Malaysia, then value of English are no different than the national language.
Don’t forget, Philippines are one of those English populated speaking country that has also failed.
The clock is ticking for country around China. China yet to set its timetable on subsequent transformation. When you see it, it will be too late to unprepared countries.