14 Sep '17, 7am

Netizens react to S’pore govt’s retort to NYT’s article criticising its policy on dialects https://t.co/Y3uggxDW1o

Netizens react to S’pore govt’s retort to NYT’s article criticising its policy on dialects https://t.co/Y3uggxDW1o

“Singaporeans adopted English as the working language because it was the international language of commerce. …Chinese Singaporeans had to choose between maintaining multiple dialects and adopting Mandarin. Mr Lee Kuan Yew pushed for Mandarin because of its economic value, the sheer impracticality of teaching multiple, mutually unintelligible dialects, and to establish a common language amongst Chinese Singaporeans. This remains the Government’s policy.”

Full article: https://mothership.sg/2017/09/netizens-react-to-spore-gov...

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