[lg policy] Malaysia: ‘Master Malay, English language’

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Wed Sep 28 14:35:24 UTC 2011

‘Master Malay, English language’

Posted on September 28, 2011, Wednesday

SIBU: Minister in the Chief Minister Department Datuk Fatimah Abdullah
called on parents and students to lift Malaysia to a higher level
globally through mastering the Malay and English language. Speaking at
the state level 2011 Rhythmic Language Competition at Kingwood Hotel
yesterday, she said this was important because the Malay language was
the national language whereas English is an international
communication language.

“Bahasa Malaysia unites us; it is our identity as Malaysians while
English is the global language of communication, science and
technology and politics. “If our future generations are weak in
English, without a doubt they will fail to highlight the nation’s
aspiration and ambition at the global level,” she pointed out. Fatimah
also noted that this was in line with the government’s implementation
of ‘Upholding the Malay Language and Strengthening the Use of the
English Language (MBMMBI) policy for the year one pupils next year.

This policy aimed at creating a generation of Malaysians that could
converse in both languages proficiently. She pointed out that this was
important especially in increasing the nation’s competitiveness at the
global level in the future. She also said Malaysians should always
feel proud in conversing in the national language.

“All independent countries have their own languages to identify
themselves as a nation, just like Japan has the Japanese language,
Korea has the Korean language, and Malaysia has the Malay language,”
she said. Also present at the function were Temenggong Datuk Wan Hamid
Edruce, Sibu Resident Sim Kok Kee and acting director of Dewan Bahasa
and Pustaka Sarawak Abang Patdeli Abang Muhi.


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