Alistair King

Recent and archived articles by Alistair King

8 Oct 2013 | 7:00 AM

Just don't call it Manglish!

Is Malaysian English sub-standard, or, in some way, non-standard?

The English spoken in Scotland sounds a world away from that of England. There is no 'standard English' even in Britain.
30 Jul 2013 | 7:00 AM

Business letters

Do lawyer’s letters have absolutely perfect English? Not quite, as our columnist points out some practices which are redundant or even ungrammatical.

28 May 2013 | 7:00 AM

Likely, unlikely and impossible

When the word 'if' comes into play, one has to be careful with their tenses.

27 Nov 2012 | 12:00 AM

Linguist: It’s okay to speak Manglish

Do we feel that Malaysian English is sub-standard? It takes a Mat Salleh linguist to tell us why its OK to speak (but not write) this way!

23 Oct 2012 | 12:00 AM

We look forward to...

FREQUENTLY, I am asked whether we can write i>I look forward to seeing you/ior i>I look forward to hearing from you/i>.

2 Oct 2012 | 12:00 AM

Pronunciation violation

This weeks i>Right For Business/ilooks at the impact that some features of Malaysian pronunciation have on writing.

4 Sep 2012 | 12:00 AM

Dealing with complaints

Does your company ever receive complaints? I hope so! In this weeks Mind Our English column on business writing, it would be good to remember that complaints are feedback – and every form of feedback is useful, if you choose to recognise its usefulness.

28 Aug 2012 | 12:00 AM

Writing the minutes

Who will take the minutes?” asks the chairman.

21 Aug 2012 | 12:00 AM

Active vs passive

We are often less important than what we say! But it all depends on whether we are writing a letter or the minutes of a meeting.

14 Aug 2012 | 12:00 AM

Kindly be advised

This weeks Mind Our English column on business writing considers the situation when you need to write a circular notifying the other party/parties of something. Would you write this?