DPM: BM the language of unity

Warm welcome: Muhyiddin being greeted upon arrival at Bangunan Mada, Pekan Sungai Limau in Yan, Kedah.

Warm welcome: Muhyiddin being greeted upon arrival at Bangunan Mada, Pekan Sungai Limau in Yan, Kedah.

KANGAR: Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin wants the national language to be the tool for unity among all Malaysians.

As the language is widely spoken and understood, it is logical to promote it as a language which can unite and inspire Malaysians, he said when launching the national-level Bahasa Malaysia celebrations month at Dewan Wawasan 2020 here.

Both the public and private sectors must adopt and conceive programmes which use the national language to unite our diverse communities, said Muhyiddin, who is also the Education Minister.

He also urged institutions of higher learning to take the initiative to strengthen the learning, use and promotion of Bahasa Malaysia thro­ug­hout their campuses.

Muhyiddin also pointed out that more rewards and incentives must be given to entice academicians to produce more journals in Bahasa Malaysia.

Writers should also be encouraged to focus more of their work in Bahasa Malaysia, he added.

“English is an internationally recognised language which must be mastered but similarly, Bahasa Mal­aysia is an iconic element in Malay­sia.

“The language belongs to all Mal­aysians and we must take pride in ensuring its rightful place in society.

“It, too, must be preserved and its reach must be expanded even on the Internet to ensure that everybody comprehends and appreciates this language,” he said yesterday.

Later, at the Seri Malaysia Hotel, Muhyiddin witnessed an agreement signing between Terramark Sdn Bhd and the Perlis Government to develop an integrated poultry farming project in Chuping and Titi Tinggi.

by Ian Mcintyre and Embun Majid

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