Many things are a waste of time — and of course money — in Singapore nowadays.
Today, I’m reminded again of the uphill — no, impossible — task of upholding the standard of good spoken and written English.
Why does our dear Government persist in running the Speak Good English campaign (OK, it’s called “movement” now, as if dressing it up with a new name would help) when everyone and his donkey only pay lip service to it.
Perhaps not even that considering how badly some of our news readers, interviewers, news makers etc strut their stuff in English on radio or TV.
Still, I’m not really fussed over this considering that even the Beeb nowadays has news presenters who speak such heavily accented — and even non-grammatical — English that I’ve a hard time making them out.
The point is, if the Beeb already can’t be bothered with speaking comprehensible English, who are we, Singaporeans, to insist on carrying the torch?
This could explain why the Straits Times, Singapore’s flag ship and longest surviving newspaper, could run online a news story with a headline that would have damned the writer to be labeled “illiterate” in years gone by.
But hey, dis is e 21st century n so long as e meaning is dere, who cares abt e spelin?