In order to remain competitive in the English speaking global community, then Prime Minister of Malaysia Mahathir bin Mohamad introduced the PPSMI policy in 2003. This policy was targeted at making a new generation of Malaysians who will be able to communicate in the international language. However, Malaysian government has decided to abolish its policy on English teaching, as the final results were not ideal. They believe that by teaching in English, it will cause Malaysians to lose their culture.
In my opinion, the Malaysian government removing the policy despite the risks of decline in their economic growth was agreeable. At the same time, it is not justified that having an English speaking education system would bring about economic success. This is mainly due to the lack of manpower in the education sector. Teaching in English requires many capable teachers who are able to converse and speak well in English. Hence, only a small percentage of schools would have the privilege to hire English-speaking teachers to teach. Thus, it may result in a skill disparity between English schools and other schools. Students who attend English school would have an advantage in the global economy for a job, whereas the rest of the students would only be limited to local companies. Therefore, it would be unfair to students who work equally hard.
Teaching in English might undermine the Malaysian traditions. Singapore is a very good example whereby its younger generations are weak in their mother tongue. It has become increasingly common to find young Singaporeans who do not and cannot speak their language. As families shift to westernized cultures, traditions are slowly forgotten. Hence in an attempt to preserve the Malaysian identity, the policy was removed.
In conclusion, I agree to the Malaysian government drop the policy because it will result in skill disparity, which would cause conflicts between different people. In addition, it is important not to lose sight of our traditions as the west has a profound influence over everything.