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‘Balik kampung’ with English | theSundaily

'Balik kampung' with English

Posted on 10 November 2013 - 09:48pm

Lee Choon

BATU PAHAT (Nov 10, 2013):

A son of the soil returned home today with a gift – free community English classes – that will bear fruit for years to come.

Better Malaysia foundation (BMF) founder Tan Sri Vincent Tan, who spent his childhood in Kampung Sungai Suloh, said learning English would help students on the international arena.

"We shouldn't remain complacent and be like a 'katak di bawah tempurung' (frog beneath the coconut shell) or else, when you go overseas, you will need a translator.

"But if you know English, you can use it everywhere," the founder of Berjaya Corporation said during the launch of the programme here.

The event saw a large turnout from members of the community as well as some of his family members.

He also pointed out that English is the language of the internet and it will be impossible to translate all such the information into another language.

The programme, under Project 100, is conducted by science of life studies 24\7 (SOLS 24\7) and fully sponsored by BMF.

Tan has pledged RM12 million for Project 100 which will see the opening of 100 centres throughout the country. So far, 21 classes have been opened to teach 2,000 students.SOLS 24\7 chief executive Raj Ridvan Singh said classes are open to all, from primary school children to senior citizens, with all expected to be able to speak good English within six months.

"We operate on a six month programme with students able to speak good English between three and six months," said Raj Ridvan, who is affectionately known as "teacher Raj" by his students.

The classes cost an average of RM7,000 to RM9,000 a month with teachers coming from the ranks of volunteers, both foreign and local.

Classes here will be taught in free premises such as the Balai Raya in Kampung Sungai Suloh and classrooms at SJK(C) Yeong Chang.

Those interested can contact Raj Radvin at 012-639 8442 or Judy Tan at 018-201 7983 or any 7-11 branch nationwide for information on how to start the classes.

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