THE ongoing discourse on the Malay language has attracted many views – social media is hyperactive on the subject. Why do we always have knee-jerk reactions to issues?
Essentially, what we truly desire is to make Malay a language of knowledge. We know many other countries do that with their native languages. Japan, for example, has been consistent in making the Japanese language a language of knowledge by translating into Japanese practically the entire world’s repository of knowledge – whether the knowledge is developed in Japan or elsewhere.