Friday, September 02, 2005

Michael Schumacher "Racist" (?!)

During the forum on higher education held last evening (which I mistakenly posted on this blog as a "English Forum" thinking that it's a forum about the standards of English language, but instead it's actually a forum conducted in English!), a student, Jason (not his real name) from University Malaya Medical Centre gave a really hilarious anecdote of his experience.

During an orientation session conducted recently for the freshman medical students - i.e., the top students from matriculation with straight 'A's, Jason conducted a pop quiz for them.

Jason: Did anyone know one of our ministers shouted "Racist" repeatedly during a recent parliamentary session?

Freshman 1: Err... what is "racist"? Don't understand lah.

Jason: Racist also don't know - go ask your friends!

Freshman 1 to Freshman 2: Err... so what is "racist" ah?

Freshman 2: "Racist" also don't know! There, Michael Schumacher, Formula 1, "racist"-lah!

And of course, that brought the house down! :)

[Update] During the forum, I raised the issue of whether Universiti Malaya deserves it's 89th placing awarded by the Times Higher Education Supplement (THES). For more details, read blog post entitled "Universiti Malaya: 89th or Nowhere (Part III)" and "Universiti Malaya: 6th Most International University?"

11 comments:

wyejon said...

wow! speechless...

cccp said...

lol! priceless...

Trashed said...

clueless ...

Anonymous said...

Wow!!! Our Future Leaders of Malaysia!!! That says it ALL!!!

Anonymous said...

reminds me of my secondary school when an english teacher also asked a pop quiz.

what do you call a doctor who speciliases in skin disease? yup!!! you guessed it,

"Skintologist"!!!!

Alex said...

Malaysian doctors can be so farneee one. If one doctor were to treat Alex Yoong, imagine what they'd say.
"Eh, u that racist in tv last time rite?"

D2earth said...

Think most of us suffer from the notion of thinking too highly of oneself.
What all you able, smart, educated ppl out there is qualified enough to judge what younster nowsaday should or shouldn't have learned at a particular age.
As far as i am concerned the question asked is questionable in the first place. (this maybe just a typical freshman ragging of no particular value, but since you make something out it....)
These kids are there to learn medicine first and foremost. The rest can wait..

rakyat said...

Are medical books in English or BM?

the-j-man said...

LOL i really don't know whether to laugh or cry. shucks (wipes tears away) now this is embarassing sheesh

Anonymous said...

yes... are you agree? I am agree...oh really why are you say like that? duhhh ... and following the Subject Verb Agreement Rule, using the word 'always' means u gotta spell is as 'alway' if it follows plural nouns i.e. They alway go shopping, We alway come early ... And these examples of 'new' English came from English teachers in Secondary schools in Malaysia ... sheeesh ...

(Good God! 'Always' is ALWAYS spelt as 'ALWAYS'!!)dUHHHhhhhHH

Cin Milah said...

im dying to see an article about racism in malaysia to be exact chinese who's racist.

anyways, the joke is funny.