[lg policy] International Malay Language Seminar Passes Seven Resolutions

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Thu Mar 17 14:55:48 UTC 2011

International Malay Language Seminar Passes Seven Resolutions

KUALA TERENGGANU, March 16 (Bernama) -- The 2011 International Seminar
on Malay Language Education, which ended Wednesday, passed seven
resolutions in efforts to uphold the Malay language as the national
language and the government's official language.
Malaysian Malay Language Education Association (PPBMM) president Assoc
Prof Dr Hashim Othman said the seminar, organised by the Terengganu
PPBMM, with cooperation from the state government and Terengganu
Education Department, focused on the improvement of language policy
and the enculturation of the Malay language.

He said among the resolutions were to ask the government to bring back
the Malay language as a medium of instruction for all subjects in
schools and public institutions of higher learning. The Education
Ministry also needs to continuously carry out workshops and courses to
come up with appealing way of learning the language at the primary and
secondary school levels, as well as sharpen language skills at
tertiary level.

In addition, he said the Education Ministry also needs to provide
teachers with on-the-job training to allow them to master the language
at a higher level, as well as strategise on how to realise the Malay
language as a language for unity in Malaysia. "The government is also
urged to mobilise the Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka (DBP) as a publisher of
academic books and support the National Istitute of Translation in
importing knowledge through translation.

"Efforts to produce computer software, comics, videos and such is
necessary for knowledege, while arts is carried out to expand the
learning culture through communication and information technology," he
told Bernama here.

Dr Hashim said to implement the resolution, leaders, especially
people's representatives and government officers, need to master and
use the national language in all official matters.

Since last Monday, six working papers were tabled at the seminar by
local Malay language specialists, as well as those from Indonesia,
Thailand and China.

A total of 250 participants took part in the seminar organised for the
first time in Terengganu.


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