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BM as national language: Education Ministry mulls giving DBP enforcement power

Monday, November 13th, 2017
Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid (left) said among the matters that will be highlighted to the proposed committee is the upgrading of the DBP’s role in enforcing Bahasa Malaysia from its current function as a reference body. (Pix by SHARUL HAFIZ ZAM)

JITRA: Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka (DBP) will be given the power to take legal action against those who failed to uphold Bahasa Malaysia as the national language.

Education Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid said the proposal to grant DBP with the enforcement power is one of the suggestions to be deliberated by a soon-to-be-set-up special Cabinet committee.

Mahdzir said the special committee, to be chaired by Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, is being formed as part of an effort to further strengthen the use of national language in all sectors in the country.

He added that the matter will also be discussed in the next few weeks.

“I will table the proposal to the Cabinet within then next two or three weeks,” he said after attending a gathering with lecturers from Teachers’ Training Institute and Biro Tata Negara at Institut Perguruan Kampus Darulaman.

Mahdzir said among the matters that will be highlighted to the proposed committee is the upgrading of the DBP’s role in enforcing Bahasa Malaysia from its current function as a reference body.

“For example, the national language should be given priority in any websites and should the operators refused to comply with the regulation, DBP will have the authority to take action against the parties concerned.

“This proposal will be discussed by the special Cabinet committee before we can table it in Parliament for approval,” he said.

Mahdzir said the Education Ministry will also act as the secretariat for the committee which will include several other ministries such as the Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Ministry and the Science, Technology and Innovation Ministry (Mosti).

By ILI SHAZWANI.

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Have good grasp of Bahasa Malaysia, students told.

Saturday, November 4th, 2017
Sultan Nazrin presenting an award to top student Lai Zhong Xun at the ceremony. –Bernama

Sultan Nazrin presenting an award to top student Lai Zhong Xun at the ceremony. –Bernama

THE Sultan of Perak, Sultan Nazrin Shah said vernacular schools must make sure their students were proficient in the national language.

They should have a degree of fluency in Bahasa Malaysia that is comparable, if not better than students in national schools.

He said the efforts of students in mastering the national language should be accepted as a challenge, and the achievement of the students in mastering it should be made one of the key indices of vernacular schools.

“The success of vernacular schools in getting their pupils to master the national language will help in building a united nation and minimise the uneasiness of some communities towards such schools,” he said.

He was speaking at the recent excellence awards ceremony of SMJK Sam Tet in Ipoh.

Also present at the event were the Raja Permaisuri of Perak Tuanku Zara Salim, Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abd Kadir and his wife, Datin Seri Saripah Zulkifli.

When the National Education Policy was drafted, Sultan Nazrin said the concept of single school stream was introduced, but over the years vernacular schools were granted permission to continue operating.

He said the stand of the Government must therefore be appreciated and vernacular schools must prove that they are able to inculcate unity.

Meanwhile, he said non-Chinese schoolchildren in vernacular schools should be proactive in exploring the environment of students of various religions, races, cultures and languages to understand and cooperate with each other.


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Have good grasp of Bahasa Malaysia, students told.

Sunday, October 29th, 2017
Sultan Nazrin presenting an award to top student Lai Zhong Xun at the ceremony. –Bernama

Sultan Nazrin presenting an award to top student Lai Zhong Xun at the ceremony. –Bernama

THE Sultan of Perak, Sultan Nazrin Shah said vernacular schools must make sure their students were proficient in the national language.

They should have a degree of fluency in Bahasa Malaysia that is comparable, if not better than students in national schools.

He said the efforts of students in mastering the national language should be accepted as a challenge, and the achievement of the students in mastering it should be made one of the key indices of vernacular schools.

“The success of vernacular schools in getting their pupils to master the national language will help in building a united nation and minimise the uneasiness of some communities towards such schools,” he said.

He was speaking at the recent excellence awards ceremony of SMJK Sam Tet in Ipoh.

Also present at the event were the Raja Permaisuri of Perak Tuanku Zara Salim, Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abd Kadir and his wife, Datin Seri Saripah Zulkifli.

When the National Education Policy was drafted, Sultan Nazrin said the concept of single school stream was introduced, but over the years vernacular schools were granted permission to continue operating.

He said the stand of the Government must therefore be appreciated and vernacular schools must prove that they are able to inculcate unity.

Meanwhile, he said non-Chinese schoolchildren in vernacular schools should be proactive in exploring the environment of students of various religions, races, cultures and languages to understand and cooperate with each other.

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Bahasa Melayu-Indonesia Among Top 10 Languages In The World

Thursday, April 7th, 2016

KUALA LUMPUR, April 6 (Bernama) — Bahasa Melayu-Indonesia has been named as one of 10 most widely used languages in the world.

According to Education Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid, the selection was made by ‘Ethnologue: Languages of the World’ – a comprehensive online referral centrE for languages run by the Summer Institute of Linguistics (SIL) International.

He said the Malay language (Bahasa Melayu) has also been recorded as one of the 10 most widely used languages on the Internet by Internet World Stats for 2015.

“Bahasa Melayu is in 8th position, and is ahead of the French, which is ranked 9th and with such potential, Bahasa Melayu-Indonesia must be empowered or promoted as a key feature of the ASEAN community,” he said during the opening of the 55th Conference of the Language Council of Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia (MABBIM) and linguistic seminar here, today.

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DBP wants national language to be called Bahasa Melayu again

Thursday, June 25th, 2015

KUALA LUMPUR: A proposal will be made to the Cabinet to change the term for the national language from Bahasa Malaysia to Bahasa Melayu.

Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka (DBP) chairman Prof Datuk Seri Dr Md. Salleh Yaapar said that a ministry had agreed to DBP’s suggestion.

“We have managed to convince the ministry to revert to the use of Bahasa Melayu, which was (earlier) changed to serve the political interests of some,” he said at a forum titled “Challenges Facing National Language in the Globalisation Era.”

He however did not name the ministry.

Dr Md Salleh listed the use of the term Bahasa Malaysia as one of the challenges the language faced.

He also noted that many, including the Malays, were pushing for the use of English as the medium of instruction.

“I call upon language enthusiasts to fight these traitors who are becoming increasingly daring,” he said.

DBP coordinating body member Prof Datuk Dr Abdul Latiff Abu Bakar said the notion that English was needed for a country to be developed was outdated.

“Only when we go overseas to countries like Germany, Japan and China do we realise that we have been conned,” he said.

Dr Abdul Latif said he was not saying that English or other languages should not be taught in school, but that Malay should be the first language.

by L. SUGANYA.

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Sultan: Students must master national language

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

Royal inspection: Sultan Dr Nazrin inspecting the guard-of-honour during the opening ceremony of the State Legislative Assembly’s first sitting of the third session.

Royal inspection: Sultan Dr Nazrin inspecting the guard-of-honour during the opening ceremony of the State Legislative Assembly’s first sitting of the third session.

IPOH: Sultan of Perak Sultan Dr Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah has called on all schools to focus on their students’ command of Bahasa Malaysia.

Opening the first sitting of the third session of the State Legislative Assembly yesterday, he said all schools needed to ensure that the people could master the national language.

“The Federal Government’s open policy towards the language medium used in schools does not mean they can overlook the aspect of ensuring that every citizen masters the national language,” he said, adding that communication was important to forge unity among the people.

“What meaning is there in being a citizen if one does not understand or cannot communicate in the national language,” he added.

Sultan Dr Nazrin also said that schools, including private schools, have the responsibility to inculcate patriotism and constitutional knowledge in their students.

“It is meaningless if a school can nurture many students who excel academically but do not have the fundamental knowledge of the country and cannot master the national language,” he said.

“Schools are also a place to teach understanding of different cultures, respect for each other’s religion and promote patriotism and loyalty towards King and country.”

Sultan Dr Nazrin also said that the state and federal governments needed to come up with a long-term master plan to solve the problem of floods, which have been wreaking havoc in several states, including Perak.

He noted that the damage caused to public facilities and infrastructure and private homes and assets, and loss of incomes of farmers and fishermen, in the recent floods in Perak amounted to about RM379mil.

Sultan Dr Nazrin said the opening of the assembly meeting was a historic moment for him as it was the first time he was at the assembly as the Ruler of Perak.

by IVAN LOH.

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Strong Command Of Malay Language Important For Effective Communication – Awang

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

SEREMBAN, March 2 (Bernama) – Strong command of the Malay language is essential for effective communication and can enhance the national language.

Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka (DBP) director-general Datuk Dr Awang Sariyan said command of the language includes command of the language system.

“Languages have their own systems. Acceptance of many elements of other languages shows that we lack identity.

“This is not the case of other countries protect their languages,”he told Bernama after opening a debate organised by the Negeri Sembilan Writers Association, her today.

Awang said strong command of the language is also important in terms of sociolinguistic or the relationship between the language and society.

“The use of terms such as Pak Long, Pak Lang and Pak Teh shows respect and courtesy for elders. In the old days, the Malays used ‘pantun’ and ‘gurindam’ to put their messages across.”

Communication effectiveness also depends on pragmatism namely the purpose of communication such as maintaining good relations between two countries.

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DBP willing to help writers publish their works: Chief

Saturday, February 21st, 2015

Kota Kinabalu: Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka (DBP) is giving an opportunity to the literary community in Sabah to have their works published.

“We welcome those who still do not have complete manuscripts to submit their proposal papers on titles so that we will be able to look into it,” said its Director Asmiah Ajamain.

“We are always prepared to guide those who are interested in publishing quality writings which are suitable for all readers.

“We are lack of academic books and master works that are capable of reflecting our country’s race and civilisation,” she said, stressing the importance of books to spread knowledge among the community in line with the nation’s 2020 vision.

Asmiah said this during the launching of Sabah Parks’ books at Promenade Hotel here, Monday.

“We have also introduced a publishing package programme in 2013 and there have been an increase of books being published compared to the past years.

“I hope that Sabah Parks will benefit from this programme. We also have panels of specialists to speed up the evaluation process of manuscripts apart from ensuring their quality,” she said, adding that they also held workshops and collaborated with various institutions through Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).

According to her, the collaboration between DBP and Sabah Parks started in 2004 through several workshops as well as meetings related to book publishing but both parties have not officially signed a MoU.

“We hope that this matter will be brought up for further discussions to strengthen collaboration between both parties,” she said.

Sabah Parks Board of Trustees Chairman, Datuk Tengku Zainal Adlin said he believed through the writing workshops by the Research and Education Division, they will be able to achieve their target to produce at least 20 books from 2015 to 2025.

“We will be able to channel valuable information to the public regarding our effort at Sabah Parks besides promoting the uniqueness of Sabah’s flora and fauna,” he said, adding that the move will definitely attract more people to visit Sabah Parks.

Adlin also thanked DBP for their support in publishing their books and hoped more will follow in the future.

Among the books launched during the event were ‘Lotong Merah Eksklusif Borneo’ by Dr Maklarin Lakim, Amfibia Sabah by Paul Imbun and Keang Gergasi Borneo by Elvin Michael, Nasrulhakim Maidin and Abdul Jalil Mapait.

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‘Language programmes will yield results’

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR: The results of the programmes and initiatives introduced in the policy to Uphold Bahasa Malaysia and to Strengthen the English Language (MBMMBI) can only be seen in the next five years, said Education Minister II Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh.

Idris said many programmes and initiatives to strengthen the proficiency of the English language among teachers and students, especially those in rural areas, had been rolled out under the MBMMBI policy but the results were not instantaneous.

“We have taken various steps and put in a lot of effort but it takes time because you need to master English first. So we cannot expect to see the results immediately.

“However, I believe the efforts taken by the Education Ministry will bring positive results,” said Idris in replying to a supplementary question by Datuk Mohd Suhaimi Abdullah in the Dewan Negara yesterday.

Idris said to ensure the objectives for MBMMBI were met, the ministry had increased the number of hours for English to be taught in schools and implement the LINUS 2.0 programme which screens literacy and numeracy skills among pupils to ensure that they master the basic skills within the first three years of primary education.

He added that the ministry had also introduced litera­ture, Language Arts Module, Oral Proficiency in English for Secondary Schools; gotten students involved in extra-curricular activities such as English camps and introduced the Fulbright English Teaching Assistant programme at 100 schools.

To another question on the effectiveness of the School Improvement Specialist Coaches Plus by Datuk Dr Lucas Umbul, Idris said it was too early to do an assessment as it was still new but is confident that it will bear fruitful results.

by HEMANANTHANI SIVANANDAM.

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DPM: Scientific literatures in Malay as important as creative literatures

Saturday, November 22nd, 2014

Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin (2nd from left) presents the best book award to Sri Rahayu Mohd Yusop during the 2013 Sastera Perdana Malaysia Award ceremony at the Pullman Hotel in Kuala Lumpur. Pix by Yazit Razali.

KUALA LUMPUR: Scientific literatures in the national language should be given equal importance as creative literatures, said Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

He said the knowledge of science and technology was crucial to create quality human capital to develop the country.

“The ability to create a person who can produce creative and unique ideas is the driver of civilisation.

“As such, science and technology and creative writing should always go hand in hand in developing our country,” he said in his speech at the 2013 Sastera Perdana Malaysia Award ceremony tonight.

Also present were Deputy Education Minister I Datuk Mary Yap and Media Prima chairman Tan Sri Johan Jaaffar.

Muhyiddin said the Karya Ilmiah Award introduced by Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka last month was a good start to encourage scientific writing.

He said a good scientific literature was not only dependent on its content but also the quality of the language used to explain the idea it wants to deliver.

Muhyiddin said in this globalisation era, where secular culture, economic competitiveness and information and technology revolution was on the rise, Malaysians still did not improve on their reading habit.

“Writing of philosophical literatures is also lacking in the country,” he said, adding that writers and authors should continue their forefathers’ philosophy of writing, which was to uphold moral and human values in fighting crime and corruption.

He said although publishing of fictional books helped develop the publication industry in the country, reading habit of the younger generation should also include quality literatures.

“I hope researchers and educators could come up with a solution to encourage youths to read literatures.

“One of the steps that can be taken is to digitalise classic literatures,” he said, adding that a successful society is a society that appreciates its intellectuals.

by LAVANYA LINGAN.

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