Taxi Drivers in Sarawak will be equipped with booklets and CD to encourage them to learn foreign languages.They can learn while waiting for passengers.Read the full news from Bernama below.
TAXI DRIVERS TO LEARN BASIC PHRASES OF FOREIGN LANGUAGES
KUCHING, July 6 — Sarawak’s taxi drivers will soon be greeting foreign tourists in their own native tongues as plans are in the pipeline to overcome language obstacles faced by foreigners in the state.
Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr George Chan said the state government was coming up with a proposal to produce booklets and compact discs (CDs) on learning basic phrases of selected foreign languages.
Dr Chan, who is also tourism and heritage minister, said producing booklets and CDs on certain foreign languages was the ideal way for taxi drivers to understand their basic phrases.
“They (taxi drivers) can learn the language when they are free or waiting for passengers by listening to the CDs or reading the booklets,” he told reporters after the launch of a campaign on metered taxis here Tuesday.
He said learning through booklets and CDs was cost-effective as compared to organising courses.
Dr Chan said his ministry would make available the booklets and CDs as soon as possible, in view of the rising foreign tourist arrivals in the state.
Earlier, he proposed that the booklets and CDs contain the teaching of foreign languages such as Mandarin and German.