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17 resolutions to overcome adulteration of Bahasa Melayu
KUALA TERENGGANU: Seventeen resolutions were outlined at the end of a roundtable conference, here, today which discussed the issue of adulteration of Bahasa Melayu which has become more apparent, particularly in Terengganu.
Among the resolutions is on the use of the term, Bahasa Melayu, which is felt more apt compared to Bahasa Malaysia in line with Article 152 of the Federal Constitution, which places Bahasa Melayu as the official language of the federation.
Another resolution is the need to bring back the language policy in education to that which was in force prior to 2003, with Bahasa Melayu as the medium of instruction for the entire education system from the primary to tertiary level.
The resolutions also touch on the role of the media as a vehicle for language reinforcement in society and full enforcement against misuse of the language. The conference was organised by the Terengganu branch of Gagasan Pendidikan Melayu Malaysia (Gagasan) with the cooperation of the Literary Association of Terengganu (Pelita) and Terengganu Journalists Club.
The conference was attended by 40 participants and the panel included state Gagasan chairman Datuk Mohd Nasir Ibrahim Fikri and representatives of Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka East Coast Region.
Pelita president Tuan Sharif Tuan Putera told reporters after the conference that it was a good initiative to return dignity to Bahasa Melayu.
Terengganu branch of the Malaysian Council of School Principals (MPSM) representative Abdullah Mamat described the conference as important as it involved the future of the language.
Mohd Nasir said the resolutions would be brought to a higher level including to Parliament. -- BERNAMA