I agree with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong that there is a need to place greater emphasis on bilingualism (S'pore must guard against losing its bilingual edge: PM Lee, Oct 23).
During a school exchange programme in China, I was surprised that many students there could converse fluently in English and Mandarin. Singapore's competitive edge in bilingualism may no longer hold true in the coming years.
It is worrying that some of my peers even take pride in their inability to speak their mother tongue fluently.
Mother tongue languages not only help us stay rooted to our heritage, but also play a pivotal role in fostering Singapore's diplomatic ties.
Kuo Pei Yu, 18