Learning centres for Malay/Indonesian language needed

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LEARNING centres for Malay/Indonesian language should be established in higher education institutions at both the regional and international level to strengthen the integrity of the language in the midst of globalisation.

This was a suggestion in the proposed resolution produced at the end of the two-day Linguistic Seminar yesterday.

The closing ceremony was held at the Songket Ballroom, Rizqun International Hotel, in conjunction with the 54th Executive Session of the Brunei-Indonesia-Malaysia Language Council (MABBIM).

The seven-point proposed resolution, which was read by chief rapporteur of the Linguistic Seminar Dr Yabit Alas, will be brought to the 54th Executive Session of MABBIM, which starts today.

Other matters on the proposed resolution included the need to expand the involvement of the industry sector to promote the development of Malay/Indonesian language.

It also stated that the Malay/Indonesian language can be utilised as the medium to improve and expand the use of technology and new media effectively in teaching and learning.

Writing and publications in Malay/Indonesian language should also be increased and diversified, in line with the development of today’s information technology.

In her remarks, Director of Language and Literature Bureau Hjh Aminah Hj Momin, who is also the chairwoman of the Linguistic Seminar, expressed hopes that the seminar would provide opportunities and ideas to expand the role of the Malay language.

The result from the seminar would be presented at the 54th Executive Session of the MABBIM, Hjh Aminah said.

Themed “Strengthening the Role of the Malay/Indonesian Language as a Mode of Knowledge in Technology and Arts”, this year’s seminar featured 12 speakers from MABBIM member countries and two observer countries, Singapore and Thailand.

During its opening ceremony, a keynote address was delivered by Minister of Education Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Hj Awang Abu Bakar Hj Apong.

The 55th Executive Session of the MABBIM will be hosted by Malaysia next year.

The Brunei Times