Monday, June 04, 2007

Bahasa Melayu to Bahasa Malaysia

In a unanimous decision last April, the Cabinet felt that reverting to the term Bahasa Malaysia would help inculcate a sense of belonging for all citizens irrespective of race, Information Minister Datuk Seri Zainuddin Maidin told The Star.

I was the first batch of students in 1992 who sat for both Bahasa Melayu and Kesusasteraan Melayu (Malay Literature) papers at the STPM examinations (Form Six).

Zam said the term Bahasa Malaysia was introduced by Tunku Abdul Rahman after the country's independence to inculcate a Malaysian identity. “It was generally accepted and no one asked for a change until (Datuk Seri) Anwar Ibrahim became the education minister (in 1986).

“He dropped the term Bahasa Malaysia for Bahasa Melayu and it has remained that way. But now, we feel we should go back to the original term,” he said.

Understandably Anwar may be on the other side of the political divide, but Zam should concede that it was a Cabinet decision then too to rename Bahasa Malaysia as Bahasa Melayu. The decision was not solely made by Anwar Ibrahim who was education minister.

I welcome decision and would like to urge the government to rethink all its Malay centric policies e.g. political, social and economic and to adopt a Malaysian approach in policy formulation and implementation.

The government should recognise that the use of the term Bahasa Malaysia over the span of 30 years had failed to create a better sense of national unity and interethnic relations. More has to be done than just the change of terminology.

Meanwhile, the decision to revert back to Bahasa Malaysia should not jeapordize the emphasis on multilingualism and the rights to receive mother tongue education.

30 comments:

Anonymous said...

Still clinging on to mother tongue? Grow up. Tell that to the american and they'll tell you to go home from where you come from

Khoo Kay Peng said...

This is not America. Even there, students are allowed to learn their mother tongue.

Your statement showed precisely who has grown up and who is still wet behind his ears.

Good luck to you if you think that you can champion monolingualism. Wake up to the needs of the newly globalised world.

The more languages a society speak, the better for them.

Here, no one has the right to tell me to go home because this is my home. I hope you get this right into your brain.

Anonymous said...

Aa but not chinese school preaching anti-malay anti Islam etc etc. btw my uitm friends learn mandarin, not a problem. Its just a language. And migration is not an uncommon phenomena, the whole world is a village. So go to where you feel comfortable not imposing your minority paranoia on us BN'ers

Anonymous said...

BN'ers your MCA partner is even more dangerous, they only pretend to be your friend especially when the cards are down. They want to win whatever the outcome. IDurRemember they ganged up during 69' and they do it in every election - just ask ANY politician,

Anonymous said...

"Aa but not chinese school preaching anti-malay anti Islam etc etc. btw my uitm friends learn mandarin, not a problem. Its just a language. And migration is not an uncommon phenomena, the whole world is a village. So go to where you feel comfortable not imposing your minority paranoia on us BN'ers"

Please show proof that Chinese schools preach anti malay and anti islam propoganda.

If you don't like what Mr Khoo has written here, I suggest you vamoose to another blog which is more accomodating to your views.

Khoo Kay Peng said...

All views are welcomed but please don't allow your biasness blinded you.

Chinese schools do not preach anti-Malay and anti-Islam propaganda. In fact, 60,000 non-Chinese (largely Malays) are studying in Chinese schools. Including the children of Datuk Radzi, the Chairman of Yayasan Kajian Strategik Melayu.

Anonymous said...

KKP don't you think you are also equally biased? Is it not true that DAP war cry is to wipe off Malay culture, way of life, language, religion, sultanate etc etc? I have a sister =in-law who is chinese and she admitted DAP are chinese chauvinist and ever ready to destroy the Malay fabric long established here ( MCA in her view and my perception is more accomodative after they tried to support the Malayan Union idea and it didn't work and never will). And Indian is most accomodative they'll play to the gallery. After all they were around longer and is culturally closer to the Malays

Khoo Kay Peng said...

On this, you have to visit the DAP website and pose that question to their leadership.

I am sensing here that you are trying to link me to the DAP which is obviously misguided. And I have a problem with your racial branding i.e. MCA chinese are more accommodate, DAP chinese are chauvinistic, Indians are accommodative.

I hope by now you know what is wrong with you. Your sister-in-law is a Chinese and yet you learned nothing about treating a person regardless of race and religion as an individual.

Would it be right if I call you a UMNO Malay? If you are not comfortable with such branding then you should refrain from doing the same to others and included your misguided perception of each groups.

Am I biased? Yes, I am inclined to criticize and oppose racialists, communalists and misguided minds like you.

Anonymous said...

Hmm my chinese si-in-law's view of dap is her's , what more can say, but merely reinforce my views of chinese in general. Yeah, very sad that I am having more phobia of the yellow tide now . But is not true that you are not out to destroy anything associated with Malay I mentioned earlier? I would like to draw a line

Anonymous said...

I have yet to read a line written by Mr Khoo regarding "destroying" Malays, whatever that means.

Anoymous 5:08 pm, pakai otak if you have one.

Anonymous said...

Dear anon 10:47pm, pl understand english , there is such thing as double meaning . Hmm that should be a simple english explanation, goodness me.

Anonymous said...

Anoymous 10:47 pm,

What double meaning? Are you smoking dope or something?

Kindly point out which sentences that Mr Khoo has written which construes this "double meaning" of yours. Don't duck this challenge - face it like a man.

And my English is far better than yours.

Anonymous said...

waa anoon 12:26am at it chest thumping again. Btw just b'cause you idiot enough not to know Khoo is just as syupid as you are.

Anonymous said...

anoymous 12:52 am,

What rubbish are you posting here and in opposition blogs?

Don't avoid answering my question like the coward that you are - show where Mr Khoo has made "double meaning" statements.

C'mon, go ahead. Or are you too chicken to try?

Anonymous said...

this anon 11.45am doesnt understand english. KKP pl explain to him

Khoo Kay Peng said...

Please remember whatever you posted here reflects your mentality.

You do not need me to teach you about English. You fully understand my views and that of others.

I am glad that many of my Malay friends would have slapped you on your cheek if they know who you are.

It is time you think like a human being. Not too colour conscious.

Anonymous said...

You have Malay friends who believe in you, and willing to be your bouncer. Pl don't be a kongsi gelap kepala. That's not human. I have my opinion and you have yours, convince me if I am wrong. I just happen to read your blog and don't wish to make comments but I get sick the blog makes fun of other races. Fair comment?

Khoo Kay Peng said...

Point to me which part of my blog is making fun of other races presumably the Malay?

Please look at your own comments and look at yourself in the mirror when you brand someone a racist.

Fair comment? When have you ever been fair?

Anonymous said...

the racist anoymous wrote this:

"this anon 11.45am doesnt understand english. KKP pl explain to him"

It does not need an explanation from Mr Khoo to know that YOU are the true racist in this blog.

As expected, you chickened out of replying to my question. Mr Khoo has also asked you a similar question.

But then again, I don't expect a racist coward like you to answer them.

Anonymous said...

anon 1204, who are you to demand. I have said my piece and that's what you get.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, this is just straight talking, not Q and A session ma.

Khoo Kay Peng said...

anon 12:21, now who is afraid of being challenged? You are giving yourself a very bad name here.

In a proper dialogue, there must be a healthy two-way exchange. Just for your information, many people who engaged in a civilised manner can react the same way like you did do.

So, please do not come here and give me your kind of bullshit.

Anonymous said...

anoymous 12:21 am wrote:

"anon 1204, who are you to demand. I have said my piece and that's what you get."

In short, you can't back up your earlier statement that accused Mr Khoo and this blog of promoting racism against malays.

What an idiot you are!

Anonymous said...

Did I make accusations, must be it since you think so, idiot

Anonymous said...

what about France and Japan, if you talk English with them,they won't even reply you back...They love their mothertongue, Malaysian people???speak malay and you are a kampung boy, speak English then you are a modern civilised boy...hello

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