Laughter may not be the best medicine but it always helps…

30 June 2018

Via Whatsapp messages…


9 September 2017

I told you millennials don’t know what love is anymore


8 September 2017

Someone’s idea of fun?

Not surprised it’s not per entry


25 July 2017

6m6 minutes ago

I Think I’ll Avoid The Rice Today


23 June 2017


Chinglish is Chinese + English

Chinese government introduces guide to standardize translation and reduce embarrassing situations




China takes on ‘Chinglish’ woes



IG F*ck Hall? Civilization go to the toilet thanks to everyone? Explosive dog? F*ck Vegetables? The list of horrendous signs and English translation fails in China is as long as its Great Wall.

Enough is enough. China plans to institute a set of fun-killing national guidelines to wipe out the scourge of ‘Chinglish’, once and for all.

This new English translation standard will go into effect on Dec 1, 2017. It hopes to put an end to the hilarious but embarrassing poor translations at public places.

China wants to improve the quality of English translations in 13 different public areas like transportation, entertainment and medicine. It will provide a list of standardised translations for some 3,500 commonly used phrases and terms.


13m13 minutes ago

I do love Chinglish instructions: “What do we want?” “Unreasonable power!” “When do we want it?” “Unreasonably soon!”


10 June 2017

Received via WhatsApp


11 April 2017

Received via WhatsApp: Is this for real?


10 April 2017

Simon Thong Retweeted RichardLi

Suicide + success = suiccess 😂😂😂

Simon Thong added,

14 March 2017

3m3 minutes ago

Can we have our kids’ books go through too to ensure no unwanted elements r portrayed that will damage our kids’ English?


Some time in 2014


Lelong. Lelong.
Baby shit’s for sale in Giant.


A free or cheap translation is embarrassing to say the least…

“Masuk masjid mohon berpakaian rapi dan menutup aurat”

Google Translate: Please enter the mosque dressed and cover themselves


7 August 2016


Why top people send their kids to international schools

August 7, 2016

Civil servants, politicians and other parents want their children to have a good command of English or Mandarin, says Ti Lian Ker

KUALA LUMPUR: Many civil servants and politicians enrol their children in international schools and Chinese-medium schools for better language skills and an all round education, says Ti Lian Ker.

Ti, who is head of MCA’s religious harmony bureau, said among them were heads of departments and local councils, executive councillors and Umno leaders.

“They and other non-Malay parents have told me they prefer sending their children to international schools or Chinese schools because they want their children to have a good command of either English or Mandarin.

8 January 2016


Which countries are best at English as a second language?

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The World’s Top 60 Countries in English According to The EF English Proficiency Index

Scandinavian Countries Continue to Lead Rankings, as Asia Races Ahead of Latin America and the Middle East in English Ability

ZURICH, Switzerland, 05 November 2013, /PRNewswire/— EF Education First, the global leader in international education, today published the results of this year’s EF English Proficiency Index (EF EPI) – the world’s most comprehensive ranking of English ability. In addition to ranking 60 countries and territories by their English skills, the EF EPI for the first time includes an analysis of English proficiency trends over a six-year period that has seen intense investment in English language learning. The EF EPI also finds correlations between the English skills of a nation’s workforce and the country’s economic outlook.

“Comparison of countries with their neighbours, trading partners, and rivals provides a fascinating study in divergent national priorities and educational policies worldwide,” said Dr. Christopher McCormick, Head of EF’s Academic Affairs and Research Network. “We found that by engaging in a national dialogue about English, stakeholders can help align goals, improve incentives, and focus on teaching English for communication. The economic impact of such a coordinated program is clear.”

This year’s country rankings are based on tests taken by 750,000 adults from 60 countries in 2012. The analysis of evolving English proficiency over a six-year period (2007 to 2012 inclusive) uses test data from nearly five million adults.

EF English Proficiency Index Third Edition

Rank Country
1 Sweden
2 Norway
3 Netherlands
4 Estonia
5 Denmark
6 Austria
7 Finland
8 Poland
9 Hungary
10 Slovenia
11 Malaysia
12 Singapore
13 Belgium
14 Germany
15 Latvia
16 Switzerland
17 Portugal
18 Slovakia
19 Argentina
20 Czech Republic
21 India
22 Hong Kong SAR
23 Spain
24 South Korea
25 Indonesia
26 Japan
27 Ukraine
28 Vietnam
29 Uruguay
30 Sri Lanka
31 Russia
32 Italy
33 Taiwan
34 China
35 France
36 United Arab Emirates
37 Costa Rica
38 Brazil
39 Peru
40 Mexico
41 Turkey
42 Iran
43 Egypt
44 Chile
45 Morocco
46 Colombia
47 Kuwait
48 Ecuador
49 Venezuela
50 Jordan
51 Qatar
52 Guatemala
53 El Salvador
54 Libya
55 Thailand
56 Panama
57 Kazakhstan
58 Algeria
59 Saudi Arabia
60 Iraq


5:44PM Mar 28, 2015

By Chai Jian Mei

‘M’sia’s English standards better than Singapore’s’

Faced with criticism over the country’s falling standards in the English language, Deputy Education Minister P Kamalanathan today peddled a survey which he said showed Malaysians’ command of English is in fact better than Singapore’s.

Furthermore, Kamalanathan said, Malaysia is ranked number one among Asian countries.

“We are number one and you will be happy to know that behind us is Singapore.

“And this is not what I said. I’ve given you the reference point.

They give you a good explanation on how this research is done and where we are,” he told a students’ conference in Kuala Lumpur today.

He was referring to the English Proficiency Index which is done by Sweden-based EF Education First.

According to Kamalanathan, Education First is a research website which focuses on the usage of English in the business community among 65 countries in which English is not a native language.

Social activist Marina Mahathir, who was also present at the conference, however, was skeptical about the survey results.

She countered that those who are proficient in English are usually the top managerial level and that staff at the lower rank are not able to converse in English, especially during jobs interviews.

“But most companies are made up of few managers and a lot of staff. Talk to the one right at the bottom.

“When we interview people, they can’t speak (English). That’s where they are coming in right?” she asked.


“Who is Christmas and why does he want to marry her?” quipped one commenter. Others joked that the banner was a subtle hint to Singaporeans to “marry and have kids”.

The Straits Times

Misspelled ‘Marry Christmas’ banners in Mountbatten taken down

Published on Dec 12, 2014 8:25 PM
Screengrab from Hardware Zone. — PHOTO: HARDWARE ZONE

SINGAPORE – Nine banners in Mountbatten that misspelled a festive greeting as “Marry Christmas” have been taken down after a photo of one went viral online.

The banners carried a picture of Mountbatten MP Lim Biow Chuan smiling and wishing residents “Marry Christmas and Happy New Year”.

The logos of several grassroots organisations were also printed at the bottom of the banners, which were put up on Wednesday.

But on Thursday night, a sharp-eyed resident posted a photo of the misspelled banner on the online forum at local website HardwareZone, where it attracted 77 comments in less than 24 hours.


Muhyiddin is ‘baffled’ by Malaysians’ poor grasp of English!

He got rid of the Policy of Teaching Science and Mathematics in English (PPSMI) and now he is puzzled by Malaysians’ poor grasp of English?

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Baby shit’s for sale in Giant.


Malay mail Online

‘Baffled’ by Malaysians’ poor English? Look in the mirror, Muhyiddin told

Published: December 10, 2014 10:07 AM

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 10 — Parents groups have reminded Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin of his role in ending the Policy of Teaching Science and Mathematics in English (PPSMI), after the deputy prime minister remark that he is “baffled” by continued poor standards of English in the country.

Pointing to the controversial reversal in 2009, barely half a decade after it was introduced by the Mahathir administration, two parents group cited Muhyiddin’s abolition of PPSMI as the major reason for the weakness he noted.

“Why is Muhyiddin puzzled when he was among those who were instrumental in forcing the policy to be discontinued?” said Concerned Parents of Selangor (CPS) coordinator Shamsuddin Hamid.

Although acknowledging that Malaysians’ grasp of English began declining after the medium of instruction in schools were changed to Bahasa Melayu over three decades ago, Shamsuddin said the downward trend was exacerbated by Putrajaya’s shaky stand on the matter.

Malay Mail Online

Muhyiddin ‘baffled’ by Malaysians’ poor grasp of English

Published: December 9, 2014 02:26 PM

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 9 — Something must be wrong with the education system if students are still struggling to communicate in English, despite nearly two decades of learning the subject, Education Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said.

Puzzled by the poor grasp of the language among graduates, Muhyiddin, who is also deputy prime minister, said upon graduating from universities, students “should not have a problem” with the basics.

“I am baffled on why our children after completing pre-school, primary school, secondary school and tertiary education still cannot converse in English,” he said at a dialogue on the Malaysia Education Blueprint on higher education today.

“They start learning English at pre-schools, and then they move on to primary and secondary schools… they should have the basic knowledge and they continue learning the language in universities… that is another four to five years… there should not be a problem,” said Muhyiddin.

When students move on to higher learning institutions, the focus should be on “upscaling, polishing and improving” the command of the language, he said.

“I don’t think the number of hours is insufficient if you take into account the 18 to 19 years of learning process,” he said.

“Something is not right,” added the deputy prime minister.

25 Packaging Fails That Got The Marketing Team Fired That Same Day (Photos)



We’ve all come across a misspelled storefront sign or a mislabeled package at one point or another.

There’s no doubt that these particular sightings are hilarious, but the thought does cross our minds about how someone could let these packages be distributed everywhere from supermarkets to toy stores.

Sometimes it’s a translation issue, and other times, we’re pretty sure someone standing on the assembly line was just having a slow day and decided to stir things up a bit. We recently came across a hilarious batch of photos highlighting the 25 worst packaging fails ever.




Malaysia Chronicle

Thursday, 19 December 2013 14:01

GUESS WHAT! Malaysians are the BEST English speakers in Asia – ranking

TOKYO — Malaysia took top marks in an English skills test given to Asian nations, narrowly edging out Singapore, where English is one of the official national languages.

The Philippines, where English is also spoken as a national language, was excluded from the 60 countries and regions whose English skills were measured by international education company EF Education First for the 2013 English Proficiency Index.

Following Malaysia’s independence from the U.K., English has been used for communication among different ethnic groups in the country, such as Malays, Chinese and peoples of the South Asian subcontinent, with children learning English starting in elementary school.

India came in third place, with South Korea ranking fifth. China, where the government and private sector are stepping up efforts to brush up English skills, took 11th.

The country “has also improved, although less dramatically” than others, EF says. Japan ranked seventh, while Thailand finished at the bottom.

English proficiency may play a key role in decisions by companies about where to set up shop in Asia, people familar with corporate affairs say.  – Nikkei

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From Herbert Gomez.

Here is a new Verb Tense, the Future IMPOSSIBLE Tense!



Lim Kit Siang is correct!

He cited a recent finding by the Education ministry that two-thirds of the 70,000 English-language teachers in the country were not proficient in English, while two in three secondary school students failed to meet the basics in English proficiency.

And who is to be blamed? The politicisation of the education sector by “a series of Education Ministers who regard their portfolios as stepping-stones to higher political office”.

‘Oh our English!’ cries Lim

Harakahdaily, 21 December 2012

Dec 21: Malaysia should be sending English-language teachers all over the world instead of sourcing teachers from abroad to teach local students, said DAP advisor Lim Kit Siang.

“In the recent past, Malaysia had been sourcing English-language teachers from the United Kingdom and the United States, ignoring the rich reservoir of available local talents to teach the English language. Now the Prime Minister is proposing to source them from India. Will Malaysia next source English teachers from the African continent?” he asked.

The proposal to import English-language teachers from India was made by prime minister Najib Razak to his Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh during their meeting in New Delhi.



22 December 2012 | last updated at 11:49AM

‘Proposal to recruit English teachers from India needs deep study’

KUALA LUMPUR: The National Union of the TeachingProfession (NUTP) wants an indepth study to be carried out on the proposal torecruit English teachers from India.

Its president Hashim Adnan said discussions must be carried out with experts, NUTP and the Education Ministry to ensure the move would profit the government.

“An indepth study must be made to ensure nobody loses. Secondly, it is better discussed by local professors of the language with the union and the ministry so that the subsequent decision will be profitable to the government,” he told Bernama, here, today.


Malaysian Insider

Malaysia keen to recruit English teachers from India

December 20, 2012

NEW DELHI, Dec 20 – Malaysia is keen to recruit teachers from India who are skilled in the English language to teach our students in Malaysia, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

“One of the proposals that I have forwarded to Indian Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh for consideration this morning was to accept a number of teachers from India who are skilled in the English language to teach our students in Malaysia,” he said.

Malaysia keen to recruit English teachers from India


Malaysian Insider

Wither English, wither the nation — Thomas Fann

June 21, 2012



The link I want to make in this article is the link between English proficiency and the destiny of a nation, thus the title “Wither English, Wither Nation”, that is, if we allow our command of the language to decline, we invariably assign our nation to a bleaker future.

Through advancement in communication and transportation systems, we live in a world where we are intertwined to each other economically, financially, culturally, and socially. All these connections are facilitated by languages and in most cases, it is the English language.

In Stephen Doss’ article, he listed the following data related to the use of English in different situations:

1. 380 million speak English as a second language;

2. One billion speak English as a foreign language;

3. There are an estimated 1.7 billion users of the language. English dominates the Internet, the print media, business, aviation, conferences, other international events, etc;

4. Approximately one billion are learning English worldwide;

5. Over the Internet, about 80 per cent of home pages and 60 per cent of e-mail are in English;

6. English is the medium of higher education in many countries, e.g. India, the Netherlands, Oman, South Africa, Sweden and Turkey;

7. 85 per cent of the world’s knowledge is in English; and

8. 98 per cent of scientific papers are written in English.

JUNE 21 — The title of this article is inspired by a presentation I heard at an English language conference I attended recently. It was a gathering of educators …


Malaysia Chronicle

Friday, 15 June 2012 13:25

‘Grads falter due to bad English’

TONGUE-TIED- Job seekers unable to express beyond ‘the script’

JOHOR BARU: THE lack of English language communication skills can ruin your chances in the job market.

Many graduates were still tongue-tied when it came to expressing themselves in English, said linguist Datin Dr Maimunah Abdul Rahman.

“I had received graduates for job interviews. But many were not able to express themselves beyond introducing names.

“They were not able to go beyond the ‘script’,” she said at a forum held at the end of the 4th English Language Conference, here, yesterday.

“There is a need to groom students well into the job market through proper English learning,” said Maimunah, who is also M Suites hotel executive director.

Grads falter due to bad English



Learn Chinese well and you could go to Taiwan, Hong Kong and China, or down south to Singapore.

Be conversant in Malay and remain in Malaysia.

Learn English and the world is your stage. to You could go anywhere in the world! You wouldn’t even have to leave the shores of Malaysia if you didn’t want to! In the comfort of your air-conditioned study, surf the world through the Internet.



Lim Guan Eng calls for a compulsory pass in SPM, STPM and matriculation courses

The Cabinet at its next meeting should take the bold and long-overdue decision to make English a compulsory pass subject for SPM, STPM and matriculation courses, supported by the necessary infrastructure to improve the learning and teaching of English in the schools.

For a start, for the first five years in making SPM a compulsory pass subject, students who fail English and therefore fail the whole SPM examination should be required to only repeat the single subject of English to entitle them to a SPM pass, unlike the present ruling requiring the student to repeat the entire SPM examination, including subjects they had passed.

aMake English a compulsory pass subject for SPM, STPM and …… – Cached

Lim Kit Siang reiterates his stand on English

On 18th May 2002, in expressing the DAP’s full support for the then Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Dr. Mahathir Mohamad’s call to Malaysian students to master English as “necessary for communications essential to keep abreast of developments in the technical fields such as engineering and science”, I had gone one step further in proposing making pass in English compulsory in SPM, STPM and matriculation.

When will four MCA Ministers make the formal proposal in …… – Cached


This is an April 2011 report but relevant

Minding our language

By allMalaysia· April 12, 2011


Proficiency in English is vital in today’s world and Malaysia needs to arrest the decline urgently if it wants to remain competitive.

It used to be easy for Malaysian students in Britain to get a part-time job or internship there.

An Engineering lecturer at a local public university who only wants to be known as Mar recalls how it was back then.

“Mention you are Malaysian and you will get one foot in the door. I remember one manager saying, Ah, we like Malaysians. They can speak English well, have no problem understanding instructions, not like other foreign students.’

“In fact, we spoke better English then than most Europeans. But, of course, that was in the 1980s.”

It was a different story when she went back to the UK to do her postgraduate studies in the late 1990s, she says.

“My thesis supervisor kept moaning about how the new batch of Malaysian students could not write or speak English well. He kept asking me what happened.”


According to former Human Resource Minister Tan Sri Dr Fong Chan Onn, the decline in English among the young has been happening for more than two decades.

He relates his experience as an external examiner for Utar for Economics and Accountancy.

“In the 1980s, the standard of English in most of the answer scripts was still good but in the 1990s, there was a marked decline, so much so the examiners agreed to only assess the facts and leave the writing style and grammar alone. If they had marked the language as well, many of the students would have had low marks.”

While the declining standard of English in the country can mainly be attributed to policies that have not emphasised it in the education system, what is surprising is the lack of interest among the young to master the language, notes Dr Fong.

“Students need to realise that when they go out into the world, English is important and unless they brush up their skills, they will lock themselves from a big source of information and the latest developments in knowledge.”


During his tenure as minister, says Dr Fong, the main complaint from employers was the standard of English among graduates.

This is confirmed by the Malaysian Employers Federation (MEF).

“The communication problem among school leavers, especially in English either in oral communication or writing is the biggest grouse among employers,” says MEF executive director Shamsuddin Bardan.

Various surveys on graduates’ employability have found that English is their main weakness: many cannot speak or write proper English (Higher Education Ministry Survey 2008; World Bank Report 2005 on Malaysia Firm Competitiveness, Investment Climate and Growth among others).

This, he believes, is one reason they have difficulty getting jobs in the private sector.

I remember one manager saying, Ah, we like Malaysians. They can speak English well … “Their low proficiency in English has affected Malaysia’s ability to compete in … – Cached



English medium schools and national unity
  • Kantha Kumar Ramasamy
  • 4:14PM May 31, 2012

I believe readers are aware of the recent news that the government has just announced the lifting of quotas for local Malaysians in international schools with immediate effect.

Assuming that this is official, with this new development I see no reason why we should not have national-type English medium stream schools from primary right up to pre-university.

To level the playing field and provide equal access for all Malaysians, now the need for an English medium stream along with the national and vernacular streams becomes virtually mandatory.

Otherwise we would be allowing for double standards – favouring children from families that can afford, to follow a non-national curriculum in a medium other than the national language, while those who cannot afford the fees of international schools will have to enrol in either national or national-type primary schools and then enter national secondary schools with Bahasa Melayu as the medium of instruction.

I am sure many would welcome a move by the government to introduce the English medium stream, as it would further democratise education in our country.

And as pointed out by some, there can be a substantial number of children in our country whose mother tongue or first language is English.

However, doubts may be raised as to whether such a move would undermine national unity.

Well, it is a matter of perception.

I believe readers are aware of the recent news that the government has just announced the lifting of quotas for local Malaysians in international schools with … – Cached



‘Poor English a result of patriotism’

Posted on 28 May 2012 – 09:16pm
Last updated on 29 May 2012 – 08:42am

Michelle Chun

KUALA LUMPUR (May 28, 2012): The deteriorating standard of English among Malaysians is the result of an assumption that learning the language is unpatriotic, Malaysian English Language Teaching Associations (Melta) royal patron Raja Zarith Sofiah Almarhum Sultan Idris Shah said today.

“We did not see the problems we are facing today because we were filled with a sense of patriotism, and so we concentrated on the use of Bahasa Malaysia.

“This is, in itself, not wrong. We should be proud of our mother tongue and of our national language,” she said at the 21st Melta International Conference today.

“We could not see that learning a second language has nothing to do with our love for our country,” she said.

Raja Zarith, who is also Universiti Teknologi Malaysia chancellor, added that Malaysians had not foreseen a world driven by technology, and more importantly, that English would become the most spoken language in the aggressive work arena.

“With English being an important language of knowledge and global competition now, the need to arrest this decline has never been more urgent.

‘Poor English a result of patriotism’

Posted on 28 May 2012 – 09:16pm
Last updated on 29 May 2012 – 08:42am

Michelle Chun

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Singaporeans come up tops in English proficiency. Singapore, 28 June, 2011: Singaporeans are the best in Southeast Asia when it comes to English proficiency
Singaporeans come up tops in English proficiency
Singapore, 28 June, 2011: Singaporeans are the best in Southeast Asia when it comes to English proficiency, according to a recent survey by,

The city-state managed to clinch the top spot in’s English Language Assessment (ELA), which gauged the levels of jobseekers’ English proficiency in five Southeast Asian countries, namely Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines, Indonesia and Thailand. In second and third places respectively were the Philippines and Malaysia.

According to the ELA results, Singaporean jobseekers placed first for all employee categories, including non-executive and managerial categories. About 92% of employees in Singapore use English as the primary language of communication, while 94% use it as their main business language.

“It’s not surprising that Singaporeans have topped the list, since the education system here is predominantly in English,” Mr. Anthony Ung, Country Manager, Singapore said. “English is also the de facto language for doing business here in Singapore. We hope that Singaporean jobseekers will continue to view English proficiency as the key criterion to achieving greater heights in employment.”

The 20-minute ELA assessment consists of 40 random questions on conversation, grammar, vocabulary and comprehension. Jobseekers can practise as many times as they want on a separate pool of practice questions. However, for the actual assessment, questions are dynamically generated, ensuring that the test is foolproof. Jobseekers can take this assessment only once every three months


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