Better English - Horses’ Mouths – 30 March 2015

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Our English is better?

We are number one and you will be happy to know that behind us is Singapore. And this is not what I said. I've given you the reference point. They (EF Education First) give you a good explanation on how this research is done and where we are.

P Kamalanathan, Deputy Education Minister, claiming that Malaysians’ English was better than Singapore’s, and that the country ranked number one in Asia


In the case of EF Education First’s English Proficiency Index, the sample is neither representative nor randomly selected. Instead, participants voluntarily choose to take part, hence greatly increasing the margin of error and the probability of an unrepresentative sample. Such a survey cannot be considered scientific or a statistically valid evaluation. In truth, it does not take a genius to realise the fallacy of a study that purports our level of English proficiency to be the best in Asia.

Zairil Khir Johari, Bukit Bendera MP


Arrests against opposition politicians

Just because the court decision doesn’t favour a particular party, it doesn’t give them the freedom to incite. We respected freedom of expression and speech but we will not tolerate the freedom to incite and disrespected the system under the federal constitution.

Khalid Abu Bakar, Inspector General of Police, explaining that the recent crackdown on the Kita Lawan rally participants was because they were inciting others


The police action to continue detaining opposition leaders shows that the government does not understand that these arrests are not going to placate people but is actually an act of ‘instigating’ people to be more averse to the government. PAS urges the government to stop the arrests and to release all of them immediately.

Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man, PAS vice president, condemning the recent slate of arrests by police on opposition politicians


Canned sardines and lobsters

Lobsters are classified as basic food under the 'crustaceans' category, which has zero GST. Canned sardines are classified as processed food and levied six percent GST.

Customs Department, explaining why canned sardines are charged for goods and services tax but not lobsters


Raid on PKR HQ

The police are here to search the place to find evidence relating to his arrest.

G Manivannan, Kapar MP, claiming the the police was raiding PKR Headquarter in Tropicana to obtain evidence in relation to the arrest of party secretary-general Rafizi Ramli



I will doing a tabling in Parliament on Pota from April 6 to 9. Five other bills would be amended as well, including the Penal Code.

Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, Home Minister, announcing that he would be tabling of the Prevention of Terrorism Act (Pota)

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