I HAVE commented before on the wrong use of the words “effect” and “affect” by many Malaysians and here’s one I found in The Star’s SMS your views on page N36, Feb 14. Under the heading, “Crippled sub” was the message: A submarine not capable of diving is considered crippled. Major or minor defect, it effects the efficiency of underwater operations – Subra.
The correct word is: affects.
I think The Star should not publish any text messages, letters or reports that contain any mistakes as this may mislead people, especially students studying English, into thinking that all printed texts are correct.
– Hussaini Abdul Karim - The Star - Mind Our English