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Why Malaysia uses English for IT.

Friday, August 20, 2004

Why does Mahathir insist on the use of English for maths and science in schools? Because globally at this moment, people use English as basis of information technology language.

How dangerous it is if we're trying to use it in Bahasa, especially in schools? See example below.

*hardware = barangkeras
*software = baranglembut
*joystick = batang gembira
*plug and play = cucuk dan main
*port = lubang
*server = pelayan
*client = pelanggan

Try translating this:
ENGLISH : The server provides a plug and play service for the clients, using either hardware or software joystick. The joystick goes into the port of the client's equipment."

BAHASA : Pelayan itu memberi pelanggannya layanan cucuk dan main dengan menggunakan batang gembira jenis keras atau lembut. Batang gembira itu dimasukkan ke dalam lubang barang pelanggan."

posted by Ivan, 2:57 pm


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