Negeri Sembilan Prince Tunku Zain Al-Abidin Muhriz said having English-medium schools would provide an enormous, positive impact to students in particular, and society in general, especially with the advancement of science and technology, which widely uses English as the medium of instruction.

The Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (Ideas) founder and head said Malaysia could gradually change from the current system of education.

When asked if Malaysians are ready to change to English-medium instruction, Tunku Abidin said: “Not wholesale, but incrementally, yes.”

Despite his support for English-medium schools, he said that he would not necessarily insist that it be the only type of school available to Malaysian children.

“English-medium schools have the potential to bring enormous positive impacts to students and society at large, particularly in technical subjects which rely heavily on the use of English jargons, or in professional sectors in which work is internationally conducted in English,”

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A version of this article was published in The Sun

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