ENGLISH IS IMPORTANT BUT MALAY IS EVEN MORE IMPORTANT – NAJIB TELLS NON-MALAYS TO MASTER MALAY LANGUAGE

BANGI ― All races in the country especially the younger generation should be fluent in Bahasa Malaysia, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said today.

“The new generation, be it Indian or Chinese, speak our national language well,” Najib said during the National Culture Congress and Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) here.

He said that students from vernacular school systems should also be able to converse well in the national language.

MEANWHILE, according to Malaysiakini:

Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak defended the importance of the Malay language as it is the “language of unity”.

“Even if you go to a Chinese or Indian vernacular school, you have to be able to speak Malay well (because) it is our language, our language of unity, our identity,” Najib said in a speech during the Culture Congress 2017 in Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) today.

The youths, he said, from all backgrounds and ethnicities need to learn to speak Malay well.

He acknowledged the importance of learning a second language, but stressed that they have to uphold the Malay language.

The English language, for example, is important for the country to be competitive on the world stage, he said.

In a speech text distributed to the press, local authorities were also encouraged to name housing areas, shopping malls and streets with names that have local elements and avoid using names with Western connotations.

One of the resolutions of the Culture Congress also said that the Dual Language Programme (DLP) should focus more on the national language, that is Malay, instead of English.

“The Malay language, as the national language, should be made the language of knowledge, administration, trade, and law in the country,” the resolution read.

MALAY MAIL / mkini