Efforts in glorifying and strengthening the Malay Language as the language owned by the Malays is a vital national agenda that must be given serious attention in every aspect of living in a country and nation. The sovereignty of the Malay Language should be maintained and protected, even in the current era of globalisation as well as science and technology. The Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports emphasised that science and technology development can also help to further disseminate the Malay Language especially on the existence of various terminologies that have been translated to Malay.
Yang Berhormat Retired Major General Dato Paduka Seri Awang Haji Aminuddin Ihsan bin Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Haji Abidin stressed that among the best ways to empower the Malay language is to improve knowledge and skills in speaking Malay itself. He said it should also have a huge soul as well as a true love for the Malay Language, so that the country is able to make it as a traditional language for knowledge, self-esteem, courtesy and placed as a language that can be used in every field.
Yang Berhormat stated the matter at the launch of the Language Month Celebration. Various activities have been planned and arranged in conjunction with the celebration including Language Debate, Dudun Bahasa, essay and story writing contests as well as literature critique.
During the function, Awang Haji Abdul Rashid bin Haji Damit, Second Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade was awarded as the Language Ambassador. Prizes were also presented to winners of the Ilmiah Bahasa essay writing contest; Story Writing Contest and the Language and Literature Bureau’s Bahana Literature Critique; Beriga General Journal Writing Contest and excellent students in Malay Language and Malay Literature subjects for the Brunei GCE ‘O’ and ‘A’ Levels examinations.
The Tourist Easy Language Book and the 2nd Phase, 3rd Edition of the Research Series on Malay Language in Brunei Darussalam were launched. Also present were members of the Legislative Council. The celebration was organised by the Language and Literature Bureau. The ceremony was held to uphold Malay language as the country’s official language so that the Malay language will not be forgotten among the general public, students, teachers and individuals.
Source: Radio Television Brunei