Language dilemma in Malaysia – My humble opinion
Malaysian could not deny the importance of using the national language

KUALA LUMPUR, June 28 — The Federation of Malaysian National Writers Associations (Gapena) has expressed its dismay over the declining use of Bahasa Melayu and preference for English in official duties in the public sector.
Its leader one, Prof Datuk Wira Dr Abdul Latiff Abu Bakar said Gapena would pursue plans to strengthen the Malay language as the national language and the bastion of the national identity and nationhood.

“Bahasa Melayu is not only a symbol of national identity but also a platform to unite the people.

“The resolve to uphold Bahasa Melayu requires commitment and positive attitude,” he told reporters after opening a seminar on literature and culture in national education by Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin here today.

Abdul Latiff claimed that many Malaysians neglected the Malay language as they were influenced by liberation and human rights.

On a RM500,000 allocation approved by the government for Gapena, he said Gapena would use the money hold the 1Malaysia writing camp involving all communities in an effort to churn out literary works in the Malay language.

“Gapena will also be producing a 30-minute drama entitled ‘Tolol Bahasa’ (ludicrous language) to poke fun at Malaysians who have the tendency to use English and bazaar Malay in their daily activities,” he said. — Bernama

Malaysian nowadays know what language to use and where to use it. There is no point segueing on the language matters. Come on it is 2012 and it is not the time for you to argue about a small language matters. Please focus in education and poverty level in Malaysia. Please be aware that EDUCATION is the most IMPORTANT essence in everyone life. Malaysian are nothing without education. And sorry to say that, most of the books that being used for the higher education is English, so learning English is also crucial.

Look around you and try to compare how people who are working in the public sector and in the private sector communicate in English? Sorry to say that people who are working in the private sector can speak English better than the one who work with the public sector. And why is this happening? Well, just try to ponder about it for a while.

As Malaysian, I will never deny the importance of Malay language as the national language.But, we also have to open up our mind to new things in the world. Moreover, please stop comparing yourselves with the Japanese and please stop questioning why they can sustain their national language and why we Malaysian cannot do that. Before we want to compare our language usage with the Japanese, please compare our economy level with them first and then we can discuss bout it further LOL

It is great that the government has provide Gapena with a big amount of money to enhance the usage of Malay language among Malaysian. Hopefully the campaigns that have Gapena lineup for the society going to give a positive result to the national language.



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