Language a tool to unite people: Tengah
BINTULU: Langauge is a powerful tool to unite people of differenr races.
Bahasa Malaysia as the country’s national language has proven to be an effective too to forge national unity, and boost nationalism and patriotism among Malaysians of all races, said Second Minister of Planning and Resource Management and Minister of Public Utilities Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hassan.
He said that the 1Malaysia concept was already practised in Sarawak long before the prime minister introduced in in the country.
The concept was clearly evidenced when the people communicated with people of other races using the national language.
“In Lubok Antu forexample the people generally speak Iban even though the other person may not be an Iban. The same goes for Mukah and Dalat where the common language is Melanau,” he said when officiating at the launch of the state-level National Language Month at BDA Auditorium recently.
Jepak assemblyman Datuk Talib Zulpilip read his text of speech.
Tengah said that the programme was a platform for the government to enhance cultural and intellectual literacy among the people regardless of their social backgrounds.
“The government will continue to remind the people that everything that involves national interest should be understood.
“This (language month) programme is part of the government’s efforts to remind the people to give serious attention to the government policies, which aim to create national unity and understanding among the people in tandem with 1Malaysia concept,” he said.
According to Tengah, the government was committed to preserving the uniqueness of Bahasa Malaysia as the official language by working closely with Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka (DBP) in organising various programmes to further strengthen the language for intellectual, solidarity and communication tools.
Recently, the government has reverted the teaching and learning of science and mathematics in national schools to Bahasa Malaysia effective 2012.
“This decision is reasonable in the context of our students wanting to learn an dunderstand the two subjects better but at the same time our students must take steps to improve their English. By mastering English we will be able to interact with people at the international level,” he said.
Kemena assemblyman Dr Stephen Rundi, Jemoreng assemblyman Abu Seman Jahwie, Resident Ismail Mohd Hanis, DBP branch director Jiso Rutan, Bintulu Development Authority general manager Mohidin Ishak and guest speaker Datu Dr Adi Badiozaman Tuah were among those present at the function.