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Master as many languages, youths told
Published on: Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Putatan: Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Yahya Hussin urged youths to master more than one language, saying it will be advantageous for them in today's increasingly internationalised world.

"Language is the weapon of the day. Those who master more than one language have an advantage over those who only know one language," he said at the SJK (C) Hwa Shiong Putatan Chinese New Year Carnival 2011, Tuesday.

He said in addition to Malay and English being the main languages in the country, Chinese is another important language to learn, especially for those who intend to be involved in the business environment.

Citing the rise of China as a major international economic power in the world, Yahya, who is also Petagas Assemblyman, said today even large western countries owe China.

As such, he said, those who know how to speak Chinese would be able to do business successfully anywhere business is conducted in Chinese, including in the international arena.


"If you are able to master English, Malay and Chinese, you are considered as having a very good advantage and able to find work anywhere, in any company or engage in business in Malaysia and also overseas," he said.

The SJK (C) Hwa Shiong Chinese New Year celebrations featured a Chinese New Year lion dance performance, song and dance performances by the students, a cheque presentation ceremony for RM3,000 to the school and later an angpow and Mandarin orange presentation to the school's 735 primary students.

Also present were Assistant Minister of Local Government and Housing Datuk Edward Yong Oui Fah, Chinese Primary School Association Chairman, William Chu, Chairman of the SJK (C) Hwa Siong School Board, Soo Sau Kiong, school Principal Lim Kin Huan and board members.

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