The main language of instruction in Singapore is English, which was officially designated the first language within the local education system in 1987. English is the first language learned by half the children by the time they reach preschool age and becomes the primary medium of instruction by the time they reach primary school. Although Malay, Mandarin Chinese and Tamil are also official languages, English is the language of instruction for nearly all subjects except the official Mother Tongue languages and the literatures of those languages; these are generally not taught in English, although there is provision for the use of English at the initial stages. Certain schools, such as secondary schools under the Special Assistance Plan (SAP), encourage a richer use of the mother tongue and may occasionally teach subjects in Mandarin Chinese. A few schools have been experimenting with curricula that integrates language subjects with mathematics and the sciences, using both English and a second language
It is now a known fact that more and more restaurants are springing up on a regular basis, particularly and increasingly in business areas like Kuala Lumpur, to sell the popular Thai Tom Yam Kung (Spicy Thai Shrimp Soup).
Most Malaysians, who oftentimes have a taste for simple but delicious foods and mostly prefer eating out these days, have become attracted to, and relish the spicy Thai Tom Yam Kung as their favorite outdoor dish.
Apart from the popular Tom Yam Kung, there are two other preferred and sought after dishes that are also selling quite well; the oxtail soup and Fried fish with 3 flavors! Approximately, the price for a bowl of Tom Yam Kung is between 50 - 80 baht and could sometimes rise up to between 180-280 baht/bowl depending on the size of the shrimps. There are now currently about 6,000 shops selling Thai Tom Yam Kung in Malaysia.
Neil Fraser, Google Company's engineer had visited the computer teaching class in Vietnam and found that the new curriculum is now updated and implemented. Students begin to learn about the basics of computer right from grade 2 and they gradually progress to higher levels of computer learning. Grade 3 students are taught to use Windows XP and write basic programs. Grade 4 students are trained to write computer programs with Logo Language. Grade 5 students learn to write higher level programs with more loops and working functions. In addition, from Neil Fraser's observation, half of the students in grade 11 are already able to do the Google Company's interview test which is normally used for University students.