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Chong: Chinese youths will benefit with better command of BM

SEREMBAN: Chinese youths now realise that they have been missing out on government programmes and initiatives due to their poor command of Bahasa Malaysia, said Deputy Education Minister Datuk Chong Sin Woon.
He said these youths had missed out on opportunities provided by the Government such as e-rezeki, e-usahawan and courses to venture into the digital economy.
"The youths conveyed this to me during a dialogue and they know that their poor grasp of Bahasa Malaysia was actually a hindrance.
"They have asked for my help to address this and on their part, they have pledged to improve their Bahasa," he said on Friday (Oct 27), when met after launching the "One School, One Fruit Tree" campaign organised by Rasah MCA at SMJK Chan Wa II here.
"They asked for my assistance to provide a platform where they can share their ideas and know more about the opportunities available to them.
"I am now looking at this and we will either do it through my office or get the youth organisations to set up a coalition which could then liase with the MCA," he said.
On Monday (Oct 23), Chong said more measures would be introduced to help pupils in Chinese schools to have a better grasp of Bahasa Malaysia.
He said that although pupils now had a better command of the national language, this could be improved further.
He was responding to a statement by Perak ruler Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah who had said that vernacular schools must ensure their pupils master the Malay language comparable to, if not better than, pupils in national schools.
On the "One School, One Fruit Tree" campaign, Chong said the ministry encouraged such programmes to be carried out in schools.
"Schools should not only be a place for students to attend academic and co-curriculum programmes and sit for exams.
"They can get involved in so many other productive programmes such as learning to grow fruit trees and make the schools more green," he added.
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