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By Dean Johns

Education or increducation?

Whenever I hear that former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad has been holding forth on the topic of language, I’m reminded of the quip attributed to the late, great wit Dorothy Parker about a female celebrity who was as famously multilingual as she was notoriously sexually promiscuous: “That woman speaks 18 languages and can’t say ‘no’ in any of them”.