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We Are Now More English Than Chinese Malay or Tamil


We had Chinese, Malay, Indian schools – separate language medium schools. The British ran a small English school sector to produce clerks, storekeepers, teachers for the British. Had we chosen Chinese, which was our majority language, we would have perished, economically and politically.

Riots – we’ve seen Sri Lanka, when they switched from English to Sinhalese and disenfranchised the Tamils and so strife ever after.

We chose – we didn’t say it was our national language – we said it was our working language, that everybody learns English whatever language medium school you go to. Which means nobody needs interpretation to read English.

So, our sources of culture, literature, ideas are now more from the English text than from the Chinese or the Malay or the Tamil. (via Excerpts from an interview with Lee Kuan Yew – International Herald Tribune)

Lee Kuan Yew’s Smugness

I would like to know what happens when the English speaking Bloc is no longer dominant. It has happened before Mr.Lee.

Spain was the dominant language 150 years ago. Englishmen in 1400-1700 thought that French was the only civilized language in the world. Greek was the official language of the Byzantine Empire. But no world class country uses a third party language as their own language.

But you have company! India is the 2ndlargest country in English speaking world. And sadly, proud of it too.!

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