A few days ago I debated within myself if I should blog about the family sacrifice caused by LKY language policy. It would have helped my kids understand better the communication difficulties my siblings and I had with our parents. We spoke exclusively in Teochew to our parents when we were very young but as we grew up we switched to English and Mandarin was a struggle except for my sister. Higher order communication with my parents were difficult because we didn't have the vocabulary. Our family experience was hardly unique.
When the kids came along, the grand parents tried to pick up Mandarin in order to communicate with them. It was hard work.
This morning I saw the PMO rebuttal to Zaobao editorial on Monday.
The CL version was printed in Zaobao yesterday and here is the July 7 editorial.
I don't read much CL unless visiting Chinese websites. My CL is good enough for that and this editorial.
Many families have paid a high price to be where we are economically. What is water under the bridge, the self appointed guardians of CL at Zaobao, we can't turn back the clock. Moving forward we will resist the government from unnecessary brutal policies especially those that make their job easy and ours hard. Our MT policy had been hard going for both government and people. LKY walked his talk sweating blood to master CL. I respect him for it and supported the brutal language policy as a result even when I see my children continue to pay a very heavy price. Yesterday my daughter crashed out of her O levels CL exam in tears. But her dyslexic sister worked consistently hard and scored a distinction in the Orals. We put in the work, try our best. What more do these Chinese chauvinists want? Had China opened up ten or fifteen years before 1978 things would have been very different. We made the best of the cards life dealt us. Today we have bigger problems to deal with than this. And the PM is completely right to point out that CL would be in a worse state without the bilingual policy. We would be monolingual in EL. The Malays and Indians also have MT problems but they don't kick up a storm like these Chinese do.