Tun M: Civil Servants Will Have To Take English Competency Tests

He added that it is important for civil servants to master the English language.

Cover image via NST Online Facebook

In a press conference today, 6 June, Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad announced that civil servants will soon have to take English competency tests

According to New Straits Times, Tun Dr. Mahathir explained that is it important for civil servants, especially senior officials, to master the English language

File pic for illustration purposes only.

Image via The Malaysian Times

Netizens have lauded the introduction of English competency tests as a "much needed" initiative, adding that it's a stepping stone towards helping Malaysians hold their own in the international stage

Image via Twitter
Image via Twitter

The move is also in line with Education Minister Dr. Maszlee Malik's intention to focus on the English language in his plans to revamp the country's education system:

In the past, some civil servants and even trainee doctors were in the spotlight for their poor command of English:

Poor command of English is also one of the top reasons why many fresh graduates in Malaysia are unable to get jobs, amongst other factors: