ADUN for Datuk Keramat Jagdeep Singh Deo yesterday wanted the Penang State Government to make English as the second official language for the DAP controlled state.
November 08, 2010 17:27 PM
Proposal To Make English Second Official Language Of Penang
GEORGE TOWN, Nov 8 (Bernama) — A backbencher today suggested that the DAP government of Penang consider making English the second official language of the state in view of the desire to make George Town an international city.
Jagdeep Singh Deo (DAP-Datuk Keramat) said English was also important because it was the lingua franca in most countries of the world.
“I am not dismissing Bahasa Malaysia as the national language and official language of the country, but English is also important, and I ask the state government to consider making it the second official language in Penang,” he said during the debate on the Supply Bill 2011 in the state assembly.
This proposal clearly contravene Article 152 of the Federal Constitution. Bahasa Melayu is the official language and the only language to have an official status, which include for official use by governments which include state governments. It is also the language that is used in the courts. Under the provision, other languages are allowed to be used as long as its not in official capacity, which means that English is accepted in daily use for purpose of commerce etcetera. So far, English had been used widely for other than official state government business purposes and the position of Bahasa Melayu being the official language never hindered any progress for the Penang state.
Jagdeep’s proposal will diminish the position of Bahasa Melayu in the State of Penang as English would be ‘alternative’ official language, which include State Government official business. This will make Penang no different from Singapore.
It is clear Jagdeep who is DAP Party Chairman Karpal Singh’s son agenda on behalf of the anti-Malay party to diminish the Malay influence for the Chinese Chauvinist controlled state. It is a typical DAP move to provoke and antagonise the Malays for the purpose of to systematically promote the anti Malay agenda.
In a landmark 1982 case, High Court of Malaya ruled that it was seditious to even raise points challenging the Article 152, even in the august house. Case in point is Mark Koding. Hence, Jagdeep should be investigated under Seditions Act.
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