Globalization and its effect on Malay language

Harold F. Schiffman haroldfs at
Thu Mar 22 16:31:26 UTC 2007

Globalisation - its effect on Malay language

By Azrol Azmi & Yusrin Junaidi

The Perdana Forum was held at the International Convention Centre (ICC) in
Berakas Tuesday night and was telecast live on the RTB channel. Organised
by the Language and Literature Bureau in conjunction with the 23rd
National Day celebrations, the forum was entitled 'Pelestarian Bahasa
Melayu Dalam Era Globalisasi' or 'Protection Against Destruction of Malay
Language in Globalisation Era.' The event aimed to raise awareness on the
effects of globalisation on the Malay language.

Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports cum guest of honour Pehin Orang Kaya
Seri Dewa Major General (R) Dato Seri Pahlawan Awang Haji Mohammad bin
Haji Daud said that the era of globalisation has always been related to
the Info-Communication Technology, which has enabled a borderless world
concept. This, however, has both negative and positive effects. The
minister said this during his speech at the forum. The Malay language is
owned by the Malays, it represents their identity, and it is also a
communication medium for Malays, the minister went on to add.

Three speakers were invited to elaborate on the positive and negative
impact of globalisation on various culture and languages. They were Dato
Paduka Awang Haji Ahmad bin Kadi, Secretary for the Public Entertainment,
Picture and Film Censorship Panel, Ministry of Home Affairs of Brunei
Darussalam; University Malaya Professor Dr Awang Sariyan; and Universiti
Technology Nanyang (Singapore) representative Mohamed Pitchay Gani bin
Mohamed Abdul Aziz. Also present at the forum were Deputy Minister of
Religious Affairs Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Hj
Badaruddin bin Pengarah Dato Paduka Hj Othman, officials from various
government departments, UBD students and local writers


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