Sunday February 17, 2013
Thai language classes in some schools soon
KUALA NERANG: Children of Thai descent will soon be able to learn their mother tongue in states where the language is widely used, said Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.
The Education Ministry will identify the schools that will teach the language and provide an adequate number of teachers for the subject, he said when speaking at a carnival at the Wat Tepchumnum in Naka, near here, yesterday.
“The language will be taught in states like Kedah, Kelantan and Perlis, where there are large numbers of Malaysian Thais,” Muhyiddin, who is Education Minister, said.
He was responding to a request made earlier by Senator Datuk Boon Som Inong in his opening speech at the event.
The Thai language was taught in schools from 1956 to the 1980s, the senator said, calling for a revival of the practice.
Muhyiddin said although the Thai community in Malaysia was a minority, the teaching of their mother tongue would help to preserve the language in the community.
He announced a RM620,000 allocation for 31 Thai language classes in Kedah and Perlis in a RM1.2mil package for the community, which includes RM200,000 for a futsal court in Kampung Baru Naka and RM130,000 for 13 Malaysian Thai associations and clubs nationwide.