Why is PM Lee speaking Mandarin to a English newspapers?

I'm an Indian Singaporean who suffered another of the many problems with Singapore's "first, second and joint third language" system. Because that is what it is. When I was attending primary school about 15 years ago I was told that "to make up numbers", I would have to "attend the Tamil classes during 'Mother Tongue' periods". No problem,even though I am Malayali the two languages are sort-of close to each other. Then without warning during P5 I was told, "Now you must start taking Chinese, since the older boys have graduated and there is nowhere near enough 'numbers' left in the Tamil class." Wow, awesome. I can no longer study even an official language of the country. And note the bad grammar (IS nowhere near? ; I quote as it was said.) Thankfully, I was exempted from 'Mother Tongue' at PSLE but it has been difficult to explain to employers and so on how I don't have a ...

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