Once again, Malaysian politicians had criticises the use English other than our national language in the country.
Last week, Padang Rengas Member of Parliament (MP) Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz has claimed that Kuala Lumpur (KL) is losing its Malaysian identity as English names were preferred by both developers and local authorities.
This time, the Senate President, Tan Sri Dato Seri Utama Dr Rais bin Yatim has shared his opinion on the abundance of English names in the city.
“The habit of naming places in English over Bahasa Melayu is disgusting. It’s as if we’re obsessed with English names.” he said.
He then associated the obsession of naming places in English with how the Chinese would prefers European names such as George, Michael, or James, reported Malaysia Kini.
“I’ve given my opinions for 12 years now. Back then, we had Ukay Heights, Ainsdale, Ampang Waterfront and more to which I find disgusting.” he said, adding that the people and authorities should stop this habit.
Besides, he also pointed out some prestigious malls in Kuala Lumpur that uses English names, which they are Sunway Velocity, Pavilion KL and MyTown Cheras.
Rais then suggested that more places to be named in Bahasa Melayu and the names taken from flowers, trees, mountains, and even well-known figures of the country.
Meanwhile, Utusan also quoted him saying that existing places with English names are fine but there is no reason to continue doing so in the future.
Rais then stressed that in times to come, the government has to be stern and bold when it comes to naming the places.
“The Heritage Preservation in our country and the Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka should wake up and help! The Ministry of Education should educate the native children to love and appreciate their own artifacts and legacies as well!” he added.
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