This study focuses on the dominant political discoursesconcerning the controversial Malaysian language policy that suggestsEnglish as the medium of instruction in mathematics and sciencecourses at the primary level of education. On one hand, the Malaysiangovernment perceives the policy as needed to strengthen itsdevelopmental path, on the other hand, the Chinese educationalistcommunity argues that the policy aims to undermine the multiculturalstructure of Malaysia. In this study, I analyze selected speeches fromformer and current prime ministers of Malaysia and texts from theMinistry of Education’s Official Portal by using the Critical DiscourseAnalysis. I will argue that the discourses which dominate the publicsphere show that language policy serves for the Malaysian nation- building project in the name of the development. The Critical DiscourseAnalysis is a type of discourse analysis which studies the waydominance or social inequality reproduced by texts and talks in the political context.
Nation-building, medium of instruction policy, CDA,dominance.