JOHOR BARU - The state MCA has voiced out its support for the Johor Ruler's call to adopt English as a medium of instruction in schools, urging certain parties not to politicise the matter.
Johor MCA deputy chairman Datuk Tee Siew Kiong said that while Bahasa Malaysia should be upheld as the country's official language, English should be given equal importance, as it is a universal language.
"We want our younger generation to have a good command of the English language, as it is the international medium of communication in all fields including trade, science and technology, and the industrial sector.
"Politicians should not politicise this matter as the move will only benefit the nation," he said during the Pulai MCA division annual general meeting at Kompleks Tan Sri Rahmat in Tampoi here on Thursday.
He said Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar's suggestion to use English as a medium of instruction in schools was also in line with the country's progress towards becoming a high-income nation by 2020.
"We need to be able to speak in a common language with foreigners in order to carry out businesses that will boost our economy.
"We cannot just depend on the local market, which is limited to a population of 30 million Malaysians," he said.
Tee added that in view of the Internet era, over 50 per cent of those who go online converse in English.
"English aside, the ability to command multiple language from our diversity will be an added advantage.
"The Government should look into Sultan Ibrahim's suggestion seriously, so that our future generation can keep up with the fast-paced world," he said.