Well, this is a really old argument. But the minister pointed out something quite true.
Minister Balakrishnan cautions against promoting use of Singlish
SINGAPORE: Community Development, Youth and Sports Minister Vivian Balakrishnan has cautioned against promoting the use of Singlish.
Speaking at the Pre-University Seminar 2008 on Tuesday, Dr Balakrishnan said the move to promote the lingo is a “pet project” by “linguistic elites” that can cause more harm than good.
He said those championing the local lingo are mostly highly educated individuals who are able to effortlessly switch from Singlish to proper English.
“But very few of us, to be honest with you, really have the ability. For most of us, we can only speak one way. So I’ve often felt there’s a bit of intellectual snobbery on the part of people who push Singlish,” Dr Balakrishnan said. (Source: ChannelNewsAsia)
That actually is pretty true now to think of it. But if you think of it from a different point of view, could this be also something to do with the fact that only the people who speak well dare to voice out in public?
And if that is the case, wouldn’t that be a good reason to encourage people to speak in better english?