Amendments to law to act on Malay language violations will be tabled in parliament, says DBP DG

The amendments would also give the agency the power to ensure that the official language enshrined in the Federal Constitution is not neglected, said DBP Director General Abang Sallehuddin Abang Shokeran. — Photo by Yusof Mat Isa

Tuesday, June 28, 2022 6:09 p.m. GMT

MELAKA, June 28 – Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka (DBP) is amending the DBP Act 1959 which will be tabled in Parliament as soon as possible to ensure that the use of the Malay language is enhanced and maintained as the national language which is the foundation of the identity, said DBP Director General Abang Sallehuddin Abang Shokeran.

He said the amendments would also give the agency the power to ensure that the official language enshrined in the federal Constitution is not neglected.

“This amendment empowers the DBP in terms of enforcement and legal action for violations of the use of the Malay language and among the things proposed is action against any party who deliberately insults and disparages the language national.

“This (amendment) is made on the basis of existing rules and laws, it is not to hinder any party but to ensure harmony between the people on the basis of the Constitution and Rukun Negara”, a- he told reporters today.

Earlier, he attended the opening ceremony of the Science Writing and Publishing Seminar and Workshop chaired by the Director General of the Malaysian Nuclear Agency, Dr. Abdul Rahim Harun.

Clarifying, Abang Sallehuddin said that this decision was also to meet the demands of people wanting the national language to be used on roads, traffic signs, etc., adding that the DBP would discuss this issue with local authorities and local authorities. competent agencies.

Meanwhile, he said the DBP will strengthen cooperation with the Malaysian Nuclear Agency to showcase the achievements of local researchers in producing technologies comparable to foreign countries in magazine publications and social media to raise the profile. people’s morale.

“People assume that many of the technologies come from outside when in fact many new discoveries and technological developments have been made within the country.

“This effort will reveal these achievements to the community which will foster activities involving knowledge that can benefit the public,” he said. — Bernama