I was watching a movie yesterday on General Eisenhower, the Supreme Commander of Operation Overlord, the Allied invasion of
Such stupidity is an indictment of the degree of proficiency in the English language possessed by our censors. One would expect a censor to have at least minimally functioning English to be considered for the job, but apparently, in
I myself am a product of that education, having studied in the Penang Free School (above), founded in 1816 as the first English school in South East Asia in the tradition of the great British public schools and for many years one of the most prominent.The Penang Free School numbers amongst its alumni many royals, including 2 Kings of Malaysia (since 1957), the first Prime Minister of Malaysia, the famous plague fighter Dr. Wu Lien-Teh and numerous other personalities and personages of note including many many winners of the prestigious Queen’s Scholarships during the long reign of Queen Victoria. In my time, the proud traditions of excellence were still maintained and cultivated.
The first Penang Free School building, now housing the State Museum
But that inheritance has been chipped away with the nationalists promoting Malay (from the ruling party, right) at the expense of English. Attempts to restore that proficiency, after realizing the implications, has so far been a failure as the teachers themselves have lost the ability to teach and communicate effectively in the language due to years to neglect. That’s sad and worrying because one of the factors of the nation’s rapid progress and development and its ability to attract foreign investors had been the general proficiency in English. With
Stupid, inept censors is just another symptom of that deeply entrenched malaise.