KUALA LUMPUR, June 8 (Bernama) -- Famed thespian William Shakespeare had once said: To be or not to be, that is the question.
The Bard's quote thus, comes to mind, in reference to whether the English language should be made a compulsory subject to pass the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) Certificate.
Deputy Prime Minister and Education Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin threw this question to the public to discuss, and for the government to obtain feedback.
He said he was informed that many rural students would fail the SPM if English was made a compulsory subject to pass.
"Then, I do not think it (not making English a compulsory subject to pass) serves any purpose because English is a very important language that we use in daily life," he said when officiating the setting up of the new Kirby College Alumni Association here today.