PETALING JAYA: What an embarrassing mistake in using the English language.
Universiti Teknologi Mara’s Faculty of Administrative Science and Policy Studies and Baitul Fiqh apparently used the wrong word when they organised a charity run last weekend.
The “Pedophile Charity Run” has met with a round of ridicule from netizens.
The run was supposed to have been held at UiTM Seremban 3 last Saturday.
The poster was widely spread over social media, especially Twitter, with netizens making snide remarks over the falling standard of the English language.
Some commentators said those responsible should have consulted the university’s English Department, before coming up with the “Pedophile Charity Run” phrase.
The coconuts.kl website said UiTM’s Faculty of Administrative Science and Policy Studies had apologised for the mistake.
It said they clarified that the run was not for pedophiles or a celebration of them but rather an event aimed to educate students on the matter.
Commentators couldn’t help linking the mistake with what Federal Territories Minister Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor said over the weekend that UiTM was a place for “slow learners” to study. The minister has since apologised for the mistake.
Several ministers and captains of industry have in the past lamented on the declining standard of English among graduates and have claimed this was one of the reasons why many of them remained unemployed.