Learning our native language is more than just being able to communicate with each other. When we learn and practice our native language, we’re also learning the history and culture of our ancestors as well as our home country. By teaching the language to our children, we’re also preserving the culture so that it won’t be lost to time.
But some parents believe it’s more beneficial for their children to learn English as their first language since it’s used by many around the world. While there are benefits to learning an international language, parents should also allow their children to learn their native language but it appears that Zarina Anjoulie is not allowing her child to do just that.
A video of actress and model Zarina Anjoulie recently went viral on Facebook. The video, possibly taken from a live broadcast, showed the actress cleaning and putting stuff away in the fridge in her kitchen. She can be heard scolding her son Martin for watching Malay cartoons; threatening to take the phone away if he didn’t listen.
“Don’t watch Malay cartoons! Why can’t you just listen to Mama? I’m stressed, divorced, and fat! The least you can do is not torture [me],” she told her son. The 6-year-old gave in to his mother’s demands but complained that she just didn’t want him to learn the Malay language. The 35-year-old then shouted at her son for talking back to her. “Please listen to me if I tell you to do something! Please! It’s a simple request! Can you do that Martin?” she begged.
Netizens were shocked to hear how the “Gerak Khas” star forbid her son from learning his native language. Some didn’t want to jump to conclusions and assumed that the actress just wanted her son to improve his English. Others were confused as to what watching Malay cartoons had to do with her being stressed, divorced, and fat.
The video has since been deleted from Facebook and Zarina has yet to address the viral post after the backlash. What do you think is her reason for not allowing her son to watch Malay cartoons?