Perhaps you read about one Raja Munir Shah and a bunch of other Umno members who filed a petition to protest the Penang state-government’s efforts to put up multi-lingual sign boards in parts of
Wow, it didn’t dawn on me that these sign boards must really be a serious threat to the vitality of the national language! Now this is what I call Umno’s ability to really deal with the issues that matter. Can you imagine what we might regress into if these multi-lingual signs go up in some parts of
So it’s about time you cynics and critics of Umno stopped criticising Umno or even making fun of some of the brilliant and visionary ideas that surface from within one or another element of the Umno machine. Indeed, in the spirit of the concern expressed by the likes of Munir Shah and others within the party, I want to propose some other related initiatives that will hopefully further eliminate measures which have seemingly significantly threatened the supremacy of Bahasa
First, I want to echo their sentiment and propose the Umno-led regime stop backing the English language newspapers that operate as mouth-pieces (or so it seems) of the regime. Now does that not make equally good sense? After all, why should the government be encouraging the use of the English language – yes, the very language of our former colonisers – as such publications would only detract from Malaysians’ propensity to read Malay language publications? Come on, Munir Shah! Bring your motley crew of stooges and let’s march to Putrajaya and demand that the government stop its sponsorship to those English newspapers under its control.
Hey, we ought to also shut down government news broadcasts that are in English or any other ‘foreign’ language! Now how could we have gone on for so long in this manner without recognising that the reason
My, my! Did I forget about the books in our schools and universities? Well, shame on me. Yes of course – where is the education minister on this matter? As a matter of fact, let’s take the logic of the aforementioned Umno enthusiasts to its logical conclusion: why on earth should government resources be spent on non-Bahasa
Oh, goodness. Perhaps we need some kind of a blanket law to curb the use of any languages aside from Bahasa Malaysia in any official government initiated policies, measures, projects (like road signs!), and such. In fact, government officials should not give speeches in any language aside from Bahasa
Who needs constitutional scholars when we have brilliant minds like that in Umno. Yes, I hope you see what an important role people like Munir Shah and his ilk who are the blood that flows in Umno’s veins are all about. They’ve brought us novel ideas in the past and, by this most recent hullaballoo about multi-lingual signage, as sure as the sun will rise from the east tomorrow, we can count on more of such profound and mind-blowing ideas to move this nation forward.
Absurd you say? Well, the inspirational signs are all there in the annals of Umno.