Encouraging use of Tamil and Malay

This month will see added efforts to boost Malay- and Tamil-language learning in addition to raising interest in the cultures, the Ministry of Education said yesterday. 

Two “language-learning and promotion committees” will work with Malay and Indian organisations, the media and schools, said a statement elaborating on the plans. 

Activities will be organised to “help broaden the language environment (and) to encourage students to continue using Malay and Tamil after their years at school,” it added. 

Malays make up 14% of Singapore's population of 4.4 million, and Indians 7% with the remainder predominantly Chinese. 

English is the primary spoken language of the city state, followed by Mandarin. – dpa  

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