Groups urge RTM to air programmes in Mandarin


  • Nation
  • Saturday, 12 Jul 2003

THE Information Ministry has been urged to press ahead with its ruling on Mandarin for all Chinese programmes on RTM without having to look over its shoulder or fear the loss of advertising revenue. 

Sin Chew Daily stated in its editorial that RTM should not allow itself to be dictated by advertisers or sponsors to the extent that it cannot decide whether a Chinese programme should be broadcast in Mandarin or Cantonese. 

“As a national TV station, RTM should not be solely concerned with its advertisement income in total disregard to the non-Cantonese speaking viewers.  

“Mandarin TV programmes, especially those produced in mainland China, have far greater appeal to the viewers,” said the editorial. 

The daily pointed out that except in the central region of Peninsular Malaysia, where the Cantonese dialect is widely spoken, many Malaysian Chinese in the northern and southern peninsula, Sabah and Sarawak, do not understand Cantonese. 

In the past, Chinese associations and individuals who wrote in to propose that Mandarin be used for Chinese TV programmes were invariably told by RTM that advertisers or sponsors wanted them in Cantonese, said the editorial. 

The daily said the Government would stand to benefit in getting its message across to the people in Mandarin, the common language among the Malaysian Chinese. 

lTHE Chinese community leaders and Chinese educationists gave the Information Ministry the thumbs up on its ruling that, from next month, all Chinese programmes including movies and serialised opera aired over RTM would be dubbed in Mandarin. 

Datuk Ng Teck Fong, the honorary president of the Federation of Chinese Associations Malaysia, Quek Suan Hiang, chairman of the Chinese education movement Dong Zong, Ong Kow Yee, chairman of Jiao Zong, and Lin Sean Lian, chief of the Wanita section of the Federation of Chinese Associations unanimously described the Mandarin ruling as a wise move in the right direction, according to Sin Chew Daily

Interviewed by the daily, Ng said such a ruling should have been implemented a long time ago to encourage the use of Mandarin, instead of other Chinese dialects, for communication among Malaysian Chinese. 

·MCA Youth has urged non-bumiputra students currently in Form Three to apply for the 500 places reserved for non-bumiputra students at Mara junior science colleges in the various parts of the country. 

The wing's education bureau chief Dr Wee Ka Siong said that last year only 251 of the 500 places reserved for non-bumiputra students at Mara junior science colleges were filled as many non-bumiputra students were unaware of the opportunities, according to a news report by China Press.  

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