Malaysian to Become International Language
Monday, 31 July, 2006 | 13:14 WIBTempo Interactive
, Jakarta: The Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia Language Council has agreed to turn the Malaysian language into an international language.
The three countries have also agreed to use the same language for scientific terms.
It is planned that the agreement be signed today (31/7) by National Education Minister Bambang Sudibyo, Brunei Darussalam’s State Minister for Transportation Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Setia Haji Awang Abu Bakar and Malaysia’s Education Minister Datuk Hishammuddin at the National Education Department, Jakarta.
“The Malaysian language has the opportunity of becoming a major language,” Dendy Sugono, Language Center Head at National Education Department, told the press on Friday (28/7).
“But in terms of daily languages, this depends on each respective country,” he said.
Dendy described that the agreement to increase the use of the Malaysian language was started in 1972 with the establishment of the Indonesia and Malaysia Language Council.
Brunei Darussalam, which also uses the Malaysian language, joined in 1985.
One of the Language Council’s plans is to oblige foreigners who work in these three countries to master the Malaysian language.
Dendy said, up to now thousands of words have been agreed upon by development of 9,000 terms annually.
According to him, the Indonesian language is more prioritized in this agreement because it is richer due to being influenced by 726 vernaculars.
Singapore, whose status is still that of an observer in this institution, will also join in.