Communities in the country are urged to hold steadfastly to the Malay Language as the only identity especially in facing challenges or even opportunities arising from globalisation. This was underlined by the Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports at the Language Month celebration yesterday morning at the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports. Yang Berhormat Retired Major General Dato Paduka Seri Awang Haji Aminuddin Ihsan bin Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Haji Abidin stressed that attentiveness, efforts and strong support from all parties in this edition's Language Month celebration will become an added value to ensure the glory, relevance and continuity of the Malay Language's prestige.
According to Yang Berhormat, the measure to further diversify and boost activities for the Language Month celebration through the Whole of Nation Approach is very timely. The minister added this matter reminds us that efforts to elevate and perpetuate the Malay Language's sovereignty is a responsibility that needs be shouldered by every agency, citizens and residents of the country. Yang Berhormat said the direction of Malay Language as the language of knowledge and symbol of identity must be understood, internalised and carried out together.
This year's Language Month celebration is different to bring a more effective impact by involving all ministries in the country as a Whole of Nation Approach. Also starting this year, the Language and Literature Bureau, DBP has established the Language Month 2021 Executive Committee, with its members comprising the Prime Minister's Office, Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Development, Ministry of Religious Affairs, non-government organisations, the mass media and local writers.
Among the activities lined up include the Malay Language Forum which focus on this year's Language Month celebration's theme 'Empowering the Malay Language'. It emphasises on public responsibility and awareness in the society in elevating and perpetuating the Malay Language as a social heritage in shaping the country's self-identity.
At the event, the Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports also presented appreciation souvenirs and prizes to students who excelled in the Malay Language and Malay Literature subjects during the Brunei Cambridge GCE 'O' and 'A' levels for 2020.
Source: Radio Television Brunei