Preserving Malay Language is our responsibility: Minister

|     Syazwani Hj Rosli     |

“BRUNEI is absolutely no exception in the advance towards the era of the Industrial Revolution 4.0, which is the era of producing new technologies that affect the various disciplines, economies and industries including aspects of linguistics.”

This was highlighted by Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Awang Haji Aminuddin Ihsan bin Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Haji Abidin during the launch of Language Month 2019 at the Pengiran Anak Puteri Hajah Masna Secondary School in Kampong Sungai Akar yesterday.

“As citizens and residents of this country, we hold the responsibility to assert our obligation (amanah) in upholding the Malay Language,” said the minister.

“We should be proud and not hesitant about speaking Malay, especially on social media which is increasingly stretching the boundaries of communication, and even more so in the era of the Industrial Revolution 4.0.

“The Malay Language will remain within our community, as long as its speakers continue to use and earnestly preserve it.

Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Awang Haji Aminuddin Ihsan bin Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Haji Abidin speaks during the event. – SYAZWANI HJ ROSLI

“Although the role of Malay Language is within our lives and will always be preserved, we must also be prepared to use it in new ways and create ecosystems to preserve it again in the era of Industrial Revolution 4.0.”

According to the minister, these efforts would include preparing skilled manpower in the technology world, enhancing human resource competence in digital technology, establishing and developing authentic reference applications to highlight the developmental study of Malay Language and literature.

He said, “One of the possible strategies is the enrichment and enhancement of Malay Language through the publication of papers, journals and digital books that are accessible to the global community.

“Malay, as one of the global languages, would then flourish and used as a reference for the global community for a better understanding of the Malay Language and world.

“The universality of the Malay Language requires strong determination and perseverance to fully support the opportunities that can bring Malay into the international arena.”

The minister also added that the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports is looking forward to the third phase of Malay Language Research in Brunei, being implemented through the Language and Literature Bureau (DBP).

“I understand that this phase focusses on the use of Malay Language in the work environment, the mastery of Malay Language among students, and the extent to which the Malay Language is used and expressed through the local media,” he said.

The minister also officiated the launching of two new books published by the DBP.