Take, for example, the 8:00 TV1 news on 1 April 2011. There were five segments in English (accompanied with subtitles in Malay):
- 15 sec: an extract from a speech by Rosmah Mansor, the wife of the Prime Minister of Malaysia
- 14 sec: an interview with an economist
- 9 sec, 19 sec, 20 sec: three extracts from a speech by the Head of the American Chamber of Commerce in Malaysia
I also need to admit that the TV1 news is not broadcast for my amusement; and in reality, the inclusion of a few segments in English is actually quite enlightened, for two reasons:
- It is helpful to remind viewers that knowledge of foreign languages, especially English, is rather important in the modern world.
- It is valuable to allow people to hear the original tone of voice in the speech of people from around the world.
- It reinforces the belief among people in England that there is no need to learn a foreign language. It kind of suggests that folks around the world who aren't speaking English should be.
- It prevents people from hearing the actual words of world leaders, including the President of France (Nicolas Sarkozy) and the Chancellor of Germany (Angela Merkel).