Terence Netto, what have YOU done to make this country proud?


By Joe Najib

I think my English is quite good.
No. I take it back.
I think my English is very good. Above average at the very least.

So when an unknown #MalaysiaKini writer by the name of Terence Netto criticized #FaizSubri for his broken English when he delivered his speech, I felt somewhat obligated to write this.

Some of Malaysia’s greatest achievers on the global stage don’t have a strong command of the language. Even our living legend Datuk Lee Chong Wei speaks neither English nor Bahasa Malaysia fluently. ‘Cukup makan’ we say.

But you know what? No one criticized him.
Why is that?

Because he let his wins and achievements do the talking.
Every drop of sweat that trickled down his chin on to the court is worth more than any English or BM word we know that he doesn’t.

The same with Faiz Subri. Half a year ago, nobody knew who this man was. He became an overnight sensation, propelled into the global spotlight with that physics-defying free-kick.

And last night, he, like DLCW and many other home-grown sports personalities before him, made Malaysia proud, by bagging an award that is not only a first for Malaysia, but a first for all of Asia as well. And quite possibly, no one else from this part of the world will ever win it again. Quite possibly.

So Terence, what has your flawless command of the English language brought you other than your monthly paycheck, to sit behind a keyboard and write toilet-paper-worthy articles such as this? I won’t even go to the extent of asking what have YOU done to make this country proud.

Heck, I don’t even think your own neighbours know your name lah.

Tak malu ke.

This article originally published at Joe Najib’s Facebook.

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