Right as the country settles down about the introduction of Khat in the school syllabus, our everyday Malaysians show us that being multilingual isn’t a problem.
A video of a Malay teacher and Indian student went viral recently for conversing in Mandarin.
A rare sight of a Malay teacher and an Indian student speaking Mandarin. This is Malaysia! 🇲🇾 pic.twitter.com/eJIyBWc5qS— Scoops Troop (@nytafatyn) August 7, 2019
In the short video, the teacher is heard giving feedback to the student on his homework in Mandarin.
She tells her student that “the rest looks good” while they discuss when to submit the homework.
Twitterjaya was full of praise for the pair.
Bangga pulak aku tengok hahahaha— AHMS (@amirhakim_ms) August 7, 2019
Feel so proud watching this!
Cool gilaaaaaa wuuuuuuu— ً (@amrna_) August 7, 2019
Others contemplated further expanding our education system to include learning all the common languages of the main races in Malaysia.
If Malaysia is a multicultural n multilingual country then why not other languages such as Mandarin n Tamil to be teach as equally as Malay at school? Just wondering..— محمد فذرى (@fazriRyz) August 8, 2019
Boleh masukkan bahasa cina/Tamil dlm semua Sekolah kebangsaan tak? Bagus utk semua anak bangsa.— __®️__ (@___lil____) August 8, 2019
Can we add Mandarin and Tamil into all Sekolah Kebangsaan? It will be good for all citizens.
Masa sekolah dulu cikgu cina skolah kmi pernah ckp. Jgn heran kalau in future ada cikgu melayu atau bangsa lain yg jadi cikgu cina. sbb chinese student pun dh tak minat nak ambik subject cina kt skolah.— 𝒞𝒽𝒾𝑒𝓃𝓈𝒾𝑒𝓌𝓎𝑒𝓌 ✨ (@SherllineX) August 7, 2019
Our Mandarin teachers in school used to tell us to not be surprised if in the future, teachers of other races will be Mandarin teachers, since Chinese students themselves don’t want to take up Mandarin as a subject in school.
It’s a good reminder that we should never judge a book by its cover and that being multi-lingual is a really good skill to have.