MELAKA: Melaka assemblyman Allex Seah Shoo Chin says he realised the importance of English after joining mainstream politics in May last year.
The Kesidang representative said he had to improve his English language skills after being entrusted by the state government to attend overseas assignments, as well as to take part in discussions with multinational organisations.
"Formerly, I could get away with speaking 'Manglish' as an opposition member; now I need to converse eloquently to convince investors to (invest in) the state," he said after opening the global brand literacy centre, I Can Read, at Kota Laksamana here on Saturday (Nov 2).
Seah said even in China, Indonesia, Cambodia and Singapore, industrial captains conversed in English during high-level investment meetings.
"Hence, we can't ignore that English is needed to lure investors," he said.
Seah said he also found that multiple references and research books were mostly in English.
"I have gained valuable knowledge about world civilisations and from biographies of historical figures.
"This gradually made me appreciate people and nature. In a nutshell, I feel English is a unifying language," he added.