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18 oktober 2010 07:59

Expand Use of Malay Language

Expand Use of Malay Language

Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam - The use of the Malay Language needs to be expanded in the day to day management of government and private office work as well as in daily interactions with family members at home. This is in view of the fact that the independent Brunei nation, needs to bring up and make sovereign their mother tongue that have become the identity and pillar of the nation's unity. The Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports made the call at the launch of the Language Month 2010.

Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Pekerma Laila Diraja Dato Paduka Awang Haji Hazair stressed that a nation's mother tongue is the heart and soul of the nation which will make sovereign and bring up the nation's prestige in the eyes of the world. Yang Berhormat also suggested a number of strategies to make sovereign the malay language including urging civil servants to place more emphasis on the use of the malay language and place the malay language as the main language with a role as administrative language in the respective ministries and departments. This will facilitate the standardisation of the Malay Language. Therefore, towards the understanding of the use of the malay language among the community in Brunei Darussalam especially youths, various activities can be organised continuously by government agencies such as the Language and Literature Bureau, Language and Literature Associations, government and private media, schools and higher education institutions in the country.

The Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports launched the Volume One of the Bahasa Melayu Bahasa Kita or The Malay Language Our Language book.

The function was highlighted with the reading of the Language Pledge.

The Premier Talk entitled 'Bahasa Jiwa Bangsa: Pengakuan, Penerimaan dan Penghargaan' or Language Heart of the Nation: Admission, Acceptance and Appreciation was delivered by Associate Professor Doctor Haji Hashim bin Haji Abdul Hamid. It stresses on the Malay Language as the official language that should be placed within the Brunei community. The Malay Language should be received as the language of culture, philosophy, communication and religion. During the Language month until the end of this year, the Language and Literature Bureau has lined up several activities including the Brunei Literary Figures Meeting, Culture Maintenance Workshop and theatrical performances as well as language and literature visits.


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