The Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob has recently reprimanded private companies, government-linked companies (GLCs), and government agencies for not prioritising the use of Bahasa Melayu (BM) in their workspace.
Speaking at the Malay Language Public Speaking Competition (PABM) on Sunday (28 November), he said organisations these days are not using BM in their events, meetings, conferences, and on their products, reported Harian Metro.
Ismail also said that it is the people’s role as Malaysians to ensure that the national language flourishes.
Following which, he requested these organisations to adopt the use of BM more widely from here on.
“Currently, it has become a trend not to use BM in private programmes, even GLCs and government agencies are the same.”
“Agency and GLC meetings also use English. In fact, it is a norm that company names, housing projects, and product brands are not in BM.”
“I hope every conference and meeting, among other things, must use BM after this. Who else can (uphold the dignity of) BM except ourselves?” Ismail said.
Ismail also said that there are more than 6,000 languages still being used, but only 20 languages are recognised as official languages, and that includes Bahasa Melayu.
He said Malaysians should feel proud of our national language as it is ranked the 10th most popular language in the world.
Ismail also said that the government will support any effort to elevate the national language and their plans to make BM an ‘international language of the 21st century’.
In 2016, the then Education Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid said that ‘Ethnologue: Languages of the World’ — a comprehensive online referral centre for languages run by the Summer Institute of Linguistics (SIL) International — had named Bahasa Melayu-Indonesia as “one of 10 most widely used languages in the world”.
“As the Malaysian Family, whom this mother tongue belongs to, we should feel proud, despite the strong dominance of the English language, as Bahasa Melayu remains powerful, with its own unique rhythm, which has remained evergreen in the world’s civilisation.” Ismail said.
Nonetheless, being a Malaysia, it is definitely a must for to be able to speak and comprehend our national language.
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