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Monday December 5, 2005

Focus on language skills and noble values


TWO campaigns to promote the proper use of Bahasa Malaysia, English, Chinese and Tamil, and instil noble values among Malaysians will be launched simultaneously early next year. TWO campaigns to promote the proper use of Bahasa Malaysia, English, Chinese and Tamil, and instil noble values among Malaysians will be launched simultaneously early next year.  

Deputy Culture, Arts and Heritage Minister Datuk Wong Kam Hoong said that the details of the language civilising and reading campaigns had been finalised. 

“As we are living in a multi-racial society, many of us are using 'rojak' language.  

“For example, many of us like to ask ‘You nak pi mana?’ This is totally wrong,” he said. 

Wong giving out 'Back to School' gifts to students.
He said Malaysians should not only communicate using one language at a time, but also speak it correctly and ensure it is grammatically right. 

“This way, we will improve ourselves, besides respecting the language of other races,” he said. 

According to Wong, good and noble values were diminishing among the younger generation as they tend to use 'impolite and harsh' languages. 

“They should learn to greet people in their daily lives and always not forget to use three words - please, sorry and thank you - in their daily routine,” he said. 

The reading campaign, Wong said, also focused on encouraging Malaysians to read more books, besides magazines and news-papers. 

”I hope the campaign will bear fruits in the long run,” he said.  

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