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Friday December 23, 2005
I REFER to the various views on “bahasa rojak” and other related matters published in The Star’s opinion pages over the last two weeks.
On behalf of Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka and the Jawatankuasa Penyelarasan Bahasa dalam Media Penyiaran, Kementerian Penerangan (Committee on Language Coordination in Broadcasting Media, the Information Ministry), I would like to highlight the following:
We realise it is impossible to stop the public from speaking whatever forms of languages they want in private or informal settings.
However, as in the case of films and TV dramas, the use of “bahasa rojak” can be avoided as the dialogues are prepared in formal scripts.
We do not want our efforts in developing and modernising Bahasa Malaysia to be undermined by the liberal use of “bahasa rojak” and undisciplined language usage, especially in formal and official settings.
I would like to take this opportunity to invite the public to refer to DBP on matters concerning the usage of Bahasa Malaysia.
Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka,
and Vice Chairman,
Committee on Language
Ministry of Information.
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