Building unity via a common language


  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 02 Nov 2005

PUTRAJAYA: The Star hopes that its Bahasa Malaysia website will play a role in nation building and bring all races together through a common language, its group chief editor Datuk Wong Sulong said. 

The website, mStar Online, is aimed at fulfilling the growing needs of post-independence Malaysians, he said. 

The Star also hoped to project Malaysia to the Malay world, which has some 500 million population, through mStar Online. 

“The post-Independence section of the population is equally conversant in Bahasa Malaysia and English and its aspirations and needs are different. We hope to be able to fulfil some of the needs through mStar Online,” Wong said at the launch of the website on Monday. 

Wong also said that mStar Online was also for the international society who were “interested to know anything about Malaysia”. 

The Star’s Bahasa Malaysia website has been available since Oct 15. 

Its editor Sidek Kamiso said the website was also to encourage the use of Bahasa Malaysia, especially in news, so that current issues could be discussed extensively in the language understood by all Malaysians. 

“We want to represent the voice of Malaysians in our coverage instead of limiting it to a single racial group. We also want to be part of the Government’s initiatives to elevate the status of the language and have it accepted and spoken by every Malaysian,” he added. 

Articles on the website are suitable for audiences aged between 16 and 35 and would be attractive, breezy and hip. 

The mStar Online website address is http://mstar.com.my  

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