Thursday, July 12, 2012
I was informed that there are some 50,000 Ibans live in Johor. I had an opportunity to speak to quite a number of them in a seminar, young and old alike. It was to my dismay hearing parents communicating to children in Bahasa Melayu. What has happened? It is not that we are against BM, but Iban children must be given the chance to use, communicate, learn and speak their own language (Iban). BM or English, for that matter, are taught in schools. My fear is that in years to come, these children will never be able to converse in Iban, and when that happens, it would be a sad scenario. Come on parents, communicate with your children in Iban, give them chance and they deserve it!