29 Nov '11, 9am

Mr Lee Kuan Yew launches fund to boost bilingualism

Singapore’s real strategy for success is multilingualism, and not exclusively Chinese Mother-tongue bilingualism, which over the past four decades have eroded the richness of local ethnic Chinese cultural forms. Chinese bilingualism in Singapore is a purely political gesture to create a homogenous Chinese elite which the PAP wants to harness. The recollection by Mr Lee about the Chinese high school students and their focus on life was “then” which has not been relevant or accurate as the basis to judge the quality of young or middle-aged Singaporeans. Mr Lee seems to have confused the “university students” he observed in the 1950s Singapore with the calibre of our people today. The “bilingualism” should promote effective multilingualism and multiculturalism, and not exclusive be a “Chinese language for Chinese Singaporeans” drive, which has confused many Chinese Singaporea...

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