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Sunday April 2, 2006

Gag order on using bahasa rojak


KUALA LUMPUR: In less than two months, bahasa rojak (Bahasa Malaysia mixed with other languages) will no longer be heard on television and the airwaves. 

Deputy Information Minister Datuk Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said the Government wanted to see all 32 radio and television stations using the national language correctly. 

He said this clean-up exercise, which started two weeks ago, would run for 60 days. 

“Warning letters will be sent to broadcasters and producers of the programmes if they are found misusing the language,” he told reporters yesterday after launching Fiesta 60, RTM’s 60th anniversary celebrations, at Angkasapuri here. 

He said the way Bahasa Malaysia was used in the broadcasting industry would have an effect on the younger generation. 

As chairman for the committee to monitor the usage of Bahasa Malaysia in broadcasting, Ahmad Zahid also urged broadcasters to pronounce the names of states and places in the country – such as Malacca and Klang – correctly. 

In his speech earlier, he congratulated RTM for its achievements, despite facing challenges from private radio and television stations. 

“As a national broadcasting company, RTM should improve on its contents to suit the taste of its audience and to keep abreast of today’s fast changing technological advancements,” he added. 

RTM director-general Datuk Abdul Rahman Hamid said TV1’s slogan had been changed from “Infortainment” to “Inforia” as of yesterday. 

Fiesta 60, themed Tetap Unggul (Still Excellent) will be on at Padang Semarak in Angkaspuri till tomorrow. There are various activities for the public to enjoy such as karaoke competitions and concerts.  

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