"35% Of Teachers Lack Good Command Of English". R.S.N. Murali. The Star Online. September 4th 2008.
For as long as the English language has existed in Malaysia, Malaysian people have been butchering it mercilessly to the point that Manglish is now acknowledged as a language in its own right.
This also presents those with a copacetic grasp of English the opportunity to lord it over those less fluent and build themselves a reservoir of confidence that they are better than others who commit grammatical crimes and syntax sins.
Establish laws to punish crimes against the English language. Previously, perpetrators escaped with impunity but harsher enforcement must be taken to ensure that Malaysia is no longer mocked or derided over its language liberties. It would therefore be punishable by law to commit the following misdemeanors:
- wRiTinG LiKe tHis
- Writing. Like. This.
- Claiming to be an author or writer when only literary accomplishment is a blog
- Copious use of the term "no pun intended" or "wtf", "lol" and "omg"
Punishment and rehabilitation includes forced adoption of the Queen's English and excessive dictation as well as accent refinement.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, Malaysian people who self-righteously demean and chide those they deem lesser than them for having poor English will be sentenced to teaching English without pay in rural schools, kindergartens and karaoke joints to learn empathy and humility.
Thanks to everyone who either mentioned, suggested or contributed to the elements mentioned in this post.