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Forum discusses region’s use of Malay Language

Fadley Faisal

The Language Construction and Development Division of the Language and Literature Bureau (DBP) is organising an International Malay Language, Literature and Culture Series to mark Language Month.

The 17th presentation of the series featured Singapore Language Researcher and Supervisor Dr Mohamed Pitchay Gani bin Mohamed Abdul Aziz and was chaired by DBP Language Officer Masni binti Moktal.

The online forum titled ‘Bahasa dan Ideologi Negara: Kajian Bandingan Keberdayaan Bahasa di Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia dan Singapura’ focussed on the sustainability of the Malay Language spoken in the four countries.

The discussion touched on the influence of perception, attitude, core, religion and environment of the Malay Language.

One of the findings is that the bahasa used in the archipelago is the most dynamic version of the Malay Language.

The event saw 134 attendees including DBP Acting Director Suip bin Haji Abdul Wahab, Acting Deputy Director Hajah Sariani binti Haji Ishak, presenters from Brunei and around the region, government officers and language enthusiasts from the Sultanate and overseas.

The International Malay Language, Literature and Culture Series themed ‘Bahasa Jiwa Bangsa’ is supported by Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD), Universiti Islam Sultan Sharif Ali (UNISSA), Religious Teachers University College of Seri Begawan (KUPU SB), Brunei Youth Council (BYC), Asterawani Brunei and Putra Seni Group (KPS).

A group photo of the online forum. PHOTO: LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE BUREAU

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