[lg policy] Personality Of Malaysians Through National Language

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Tue Jun 9 16:14:17 UTC 2009

Personality Of Malaysians Through National Language

KUALA LUMPUR, June 8 (Bernama) -- The personality of Malaysians should
be highlighted through the use and appreciation of the national
language by all citizens regardless of race and religion to achieve
the spirit of '1Bahasa, 1Malaysia', said Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin. The
Deputy Prime Minister said the national language was not only for the
Malays but also for the Chinese, Indians, Iban, Kadazan and all other
ethnic groups in the country.

"The national language represents the identity and strength of a
particular country and forms an important platform for the development
of a nation-state," he said when opening the Seminar on National
Language and the Chinese Community at the Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka
(DBP), here Monday. Muhyiddin said he was proud of the efforts made by
the DBP and several non-governmental organisations (NGOs) from the
Chinese community, including the Malaysian Association of Translators
and Creative Writers (PERSPEKTIF) in organising the seminar to discuss
the best method of empowering the national language with the objective
of moulding a nation-state that was united.

"I understand that the seminar is being held to evaluate and
appreciate the role played by the Chinese community in empowering the
national language. "It is a positive move particularly in
re-evaluating the existing approach and planning follow-up actions
with potentials to strengthen solidarity among the various communities
through the use of the national language with the involvement of the
Chinese community collectively and significantly," he said.

Muhyiddin, who is also the Education Minister, said the one-day
seminar could find the best way to enhance the effectiveness of the
implementation of the National Language Policy and this would be
implemented seriously and continuously in future. He said he fully
supported the efforts to hold the Language and Literary Festival and
the creation of the Solidarity Promotion Fund aimed at promoting the
use of the National Language as a language of unity in Private Chinese
Secondary Schools, and Chinese and Tamil National Type Schools.

He also said that the Education Ministry, through the DBP, had agreed
to conduct a series of training to strengthen the national language
among teachers who taught 'Bahasa Malaysia' in private Chinese


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