Paving the way to better English

Good move: Wong (right) receiving the mock cheque from Dr Eng.

Good move: Wong (right) receiving the mock cheque from Dr Eng.

PETALING JAYA: Datuk Dr Eng Wei Chun fully understands the need to acquire English as a second language.

“My English was weak. Most of my friends could speak English very well. I felt isolated. Luckily, there was an English teacher who did not give up on me. She would give me extra lessons at her house. She encouraged my interest in the language,” he said.

The managing director of Orando Holdings Sdn Bhd was at Menara Star here recently to present a mock cheque for RM50,000 for the continued support of The Star’s Step Up pullout.

This makes it the third consecutive year that Orando Holdings has sponsored the English language resource for primary schools.

Star Media Group Berhad (formerly known as Star Publications (M) Bhd) group managing director and CEO Datuk Seri Wong Chun Wai received the mock cheque.

Dr Eng is hoping that English teachers will keep the spirit of learning alive.

“There’s no such thing as a stupid student. It’s just whether you are using the right teaching method or not,” he said.

The pullout caters to pupils from Years Four to Six. The colourful 24-page workbook tackles themes set by the Education Ministry through its comprehension, grammar, writing, vocabulary building and conversational exercises.

The pullout, in two versions, features Chinese translation and Bahasa Malaysia translation of the English text. The pullouts cater to both vernacular and national schools.

An ardent supporter of the Newspaper-in-Education (NiE) programme, Orando Holdings took part by sponsoring a school’s unity message in this year’s NiE contest We Are Malaysia. The company selected a graphic illustration of a message by a primary school in Petaling Jaya.

The school won a RM2,000 cash prize courtesy of Orando Holdings. The pupils’ artwork was published as a national day message in StarEducate.

Dr Eng was also present to watch the NiE contest finale held last month.

“These children are our future. We need to give them the opportunity for more exposure. Malaysia is now moving towards becoming a high-income country, so we need more of these activities to encourage talent,” he said, adding that this sponsorship would go to schools that were further from the city.

Dr Eng said education was fundamental to everyone.

“Malaysia is a developing country. To move further, we need to expand our horizons. We cannot ignore that we need English literacy to grow in the international market,” he said.

Step Up , Orando Holdings Sdn Bhd