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Bahasa Indonesia should be ASEAN’s main language, not Bahasa Melayu, said Indonesian minister

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During Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob’s recent visit to Indonesia, he had proposed that Bahasa Melayu should be made the official ASEAN language.

However, Indonesia quickly rejected the proposal as they thinks that making Bahasa Indonesia the official language would be a more appropriate choice.

According to Indonesian daily Kompas, Indonesia’s minister of education, culture, research and technology, Nadiem Makarim said he had made his sentiments known during Ismail Sabri’s visit to Indonesia.

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“I, as minister of education and culture, research and technology, of course, rejected the proposal.”

“However, due to the desire of our friendly countries to propose Bahasa Melayu as the official language of Asean, naturally, this desire needs to be studied and discussed further at the regional level,” said Nadiem.

“I urge the entire community to work hand-in-hand with the government to continue to empower and defend the Indonesian language,” he added.

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Nadiem also pointed out that Bahasa Indonesia is a more appropriate choice as the official language of ASEAN considering its historical, legal and linguistic advantages.

He then explained that Bahasa Indonesia is the most widely used language in the southeast Asian region and his assessment also that the Indonesian language extends to 47 countries around the world.

Furthermore, Nadiem said the Bahasa Indonesia for Foreign Speakers, or Bahasa Indonesia Untuk Penutur Asing (BIPA), had also been offered by 428 institutions, both facilitated by the Language Development and Development Agency of the Indonesia’s Ministry of Education and Ministry of Culture, Research and Technology, as well as those conducted independently by BIPA activists, governments and institutions around the world.

He added that the archipelago’s national language is also being taught in lecture halls worldwide including in Europe, the United States, Australia, as well as other premier education facilities in Asia.

“With all the eminence that Bahasa Indonesia has in terms of history, grammar, and linguistics, as well as how Bahasa Indonesia has received international recognition, Bahasa Indonesia is actually the proper language to be placed at the forefront and should be made the official language for all ASEAN meetings,” he said.

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