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member Prof Datuk Dr Abdul Latiff Abu Bakar said the notion that English was needed for a country to be developed was outdated.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


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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.


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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.


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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.


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Bahasa Melayu spoken by over 300 million people

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

BEIJING: A professor at the Beijing Foreign Studies University (BFSU) is confident that the Malay language which is spoken by over 300 million people, has its own strengths to become an important international language of communication.

Director of the Chinese-Malay Studies Centre at BFSU, Prof Dr Wu Zong Yu said in the economic, political and social context, Bahasa Melayu would become more important, particularly in the Asian region, with the completion of the proposed Asean railway project from Nanjing in China to Singapore.

“With that, I believe more people will be using Bahasa Melayu as a language of communication,” he said when met by Bernama yesterday evening.

Earlier, Prof Wu together with the holder of the BFSU Bahasa Melayu Centre chair, Prof Dr Mohd Taib Dora, welcomed the arrival of the Raja Muda of Perlis Tuanku Syed Faizuddin Putra Jamalullail, who is also Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) chancellor when visiting Malaysian students studying at BFSU.

Also present was the Malaysian ambassador to China, Datuk Iskandar Sarudin.

Syed Faizuddin, who is also commander of the Regiment 504 of the Territorial Army based in Bukit Keteri Camp, Perlis is heading a delegation from the Reserve Officers Training Unit of seven public universities in Malaysia on an academic and strategic military working visit to the military camps and universities in Beijing from Nov 14 to 17.

According to Prof Wu, the number of Bahasa Melayu speakers was on the rise since the Chinese government placed importance on the language by establishing the Malay Studies Department at 10 universities since 1961.

He said BFSU had also increased the intake of Chinese students for Bahasa Melayu studies to 24 this year from 15, and the intake was done every two years.

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Local govts told to ensure correct use of BM

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

The words ‘Hetam’ and ‘Puteh’ painted on the door of a shop. Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has called for the more prudent use of Bahasa Malaysia on billboards.

KUALA LUMPUR: Local councils have been urged to ensure that all advertisement billboards and signages use correct Bahasa Malaysia.

Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan said this was needed to address the increasing cases of advertisements in public areas using wrong syntax.

“The authority in addressing this issue is the local governments, so, they have to ensure the advertisements put up in their areas comply with the regulations and use correct Bahasa Malaysia,” he told the New Straits Times yesterday, commenting on Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin’s call on Tuesday for the more prudent use of Bahasa Malaysia on billboards.

Rahman said advertising companies should also obtain a certificate of approval from Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka (DBP) for the advertisements before submitting their applications to local councils, as agreed in the 67th National Local Government Meeting on March 4.

He also urged property developers to refrain from naming their new projects in English.

“Sometimes we have English names for condominiums and housing estates. In Jakarta and Thailand, for instance, they are very proud of their languages. Having property names in our national language will not devalue the property.”

Muhyiddin, who is also education minister, had said the citra bahasa(portrayal of the language) in public places required the dedication of the local authorities in enforcing advertising laws, which outlined the priority of the national language to be used on billboards, businesses and buildings.

He said the increase in the naming of housing estates, markets, warehouses and institutions that did not reflect proper use of Bahasa Malaysia was alarming.

DBP director-general Datuk Dr Awang Sariyan said local authorities should make sure that advertising agencies obtained the institute’s certificate of approval before approving the advertisements.

“Local authorities should be more firm when enforcing the ruling. Billboards and signages erected without permit should be removed immediately,” he said, adding that last year, DBP had approved more than 37,000 signages.

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Empower the usage of BM in the country, says DPM

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin opened the national level National Language Celebration Month at the Putrajaya International Convention Centre, here today. Present at the opening were Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka director-general Datuk Dr Awang Sariyan, Education Ministry director-general Datuk Dr Khair Mohamad Yusof and Public Services Department director-general Tan Sri Zabidi Zainal. Pix by MOHD FADLI HAMZAH

PUTRAJAYA: The government is committed in empowering the usage of the national language as the teaching medium in local universities.

Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said under an action plan to empower the usage of Bahasa Melayu in universities that was launched in 2011, these institutions would soon be audited.

“For the early stage, a total of six public institutions of higher learning is being audited by the Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka in the usage of the national language,” Muhyiddin, who is also Education Minister said.

He said the Bahasa Melayu IPT audit was conducted to ensure that universities are empowering the usage of the national language as the education medium.

Muhyiddin added that the audit would soon be conducted in all the public universities and that the action plan would also be extended to private universities in the country to ensure that the national language usage was not compromised in the institutions.

He also further said Malaysia could learn from countries such as France, Germany, China and Korea which gave high priority on their national language in developing their respective country.

At the same time, Muhyiddin urged Malaysians regardless of their race to uphold the importance of using Bahasa Malaysia and to improve the language for official communications.

“This will allow us to achieve our objective which is to use the national language to foster unity among Malaysians,” he said in his speech.

Muhyiddin also opened the national level National Language Celebration Month at the Putrajaya International Convention Centre, here today.

Present at the opening were Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka director-general Datuk Dr Awang Sariyan, Education Ministry director-general Datuk Dr Khair Mohamad Yusof and Public Services Department director-general Tan Sri Zabidi Zainal.


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