Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Pathetic Advertorial by Local University

The advertorial as below was placed by a local university, University Tun Hussein Onn ("UTHO"), in the New Straits Times ("NST") newspaper on 23 Aug 08. Three days later, NST placed an apology for publishing that advertorial. NST stated that the advertorial contained gross factual and grammatical errors. I should say that UTHO should have apologised for those terrible mistakes.

Furthermore, this advertorial was placed in honour of a royal family's princess by the name of Raja Zarith Sofiah, for obtaining a degree from UTHO. In the advertorial, UTHO was so confused about Raja Zarith Sofiah being a male or female.
If this is the sort of english language that is being taught in Malaysia's current education system coupled with zealous politicians that were fighting for reverting back to Malay language for the Maths and Science subjects, then good luck.

For those zealous politicians, these are the type of english language that you wanted our students to possess and you have succeeded. Congratulations!

Reading: A disgrace to Malaysian tertiary education - Adrian Hoe
Related post - The State of Malaysian Students Education
Tags: Education, Malaysian Education, University Tun Hussein Onn, Raja Zarith Sofiah, Convocation Ceremony, Honorary Degree Award, English Language, Malay Language



Blogger Borneo Falcon said...

I even laugh looking at the way it is written

03 September, 2008 11:50  
Blogger foongpc said...

OMG! The whole article in the ad is full of grammatical errors! Worse than a primary std 6 kid who can write better than this! How come UTHO did not check the ad before submitting to NST? And I thought NST always scan through the ads before publishing them? So NST apologised which they rightly did, but UTHO should apologise as well. It's such crap coming out with something like that from a university!

03 September, 2008 12:17  
Blogger Johnny Ong said...

borneo - its not laughing matter when u look at the future of m'sians

foong - there were some attitude problems in producing this advertorial both in nst and utho

03 September, 2008 16:53  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OMG!! What was the editor doing? Did they just wake up one day and decided to humiliate themselves?

04 September, 2008 08:49  
Blogger Johnny Ong said...

cc - pure lackadaisical attitude in that university

05 September, 2008 00:59  
Blogger Unknown said...

i can't even continue reading the article. i'm nowhere near perfect but that's what an Editor does!!

07 September, 2008 11:39  
Blogger Johnny Ong said...

sky - i gave up on the editor as well

10 September, 2008 00:44  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

that's why only the top league universities should be called universities, not any kolej universiti,which literally is.. a U-Never-Study!

must be the professors are too low grade too!

I was applauded by the standards when they called me in for a professorship many years back and well thinking back, if I did, the place will sure tarnish my reputation.


azrin @

18 September, 2008 03:33  
Blogger Ai-Ling said...

i saw this advertorial last month. it's a total disgrace indeed!

18 September, 2008 09:01  
Blogger Johnny Ong said...

azrin - the professors' grade remain the same just that the govt pushed the status of the college to a higher level. unfortunately the level of wisdom stay the same.

ai ling - where we are right now is due to the bad choices made last time

18 September, 2008 13:49  

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