‘We must ensure correct use of Malay language’

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AN OFFICER of the Language and Literature Bureau (DBP) yesterday underscored the importance of ensuring the Malay language is used in an appropriate and correct manner.

Hjh Sariani Hj Ishak, the DBP’s acting deputy director, mentioned this in her speech when receiving representatives from the Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF) and the Ministry of Defence at the DBP building in Berakas.

Their visit to the DBP is part of the activities during an ongoing workshop on effective writing at the Evolution Centre of the RBAF Training Institute until May 27.

Hjh Sariani said when a mistake is found in the Malay language, the mistake should be channeled properly to the relevant institution such as the DBP.

“The error should be corrected and should be prevented from going viral on social media networks,” she said.

She mentioned that the Malay language is widely spoken by around 400 million people, placing it fourth in terms of worldwide spoken languages after Mandarin, English and Urdu.

“Therefore, it’s better for us to instill love for the Malay language together,” she said.

The event also saw a presentation on publication-related matters by the DBP’s head of publications, Mohd Azurin Othman. He explained a selection process conducted by the bureau upon receiving manuscripts.

Mohd Azurin said the work must meet the requirements set by the publisher as the content must not touch on sensitive issues. They also visited the DBP bookshop and the DBP’s painting, design and photography section.

Speaking on the sidelines of the event, Muhammad Azmi Hj Zaini, education officer at the Evolution Centre of the RBAF Training Institute, who led the delegation, said the purpose of their visit to the DBP building is to broaden the participants’ views on the development of the Malay language and the importance of upholding it.

He said a total of 30 participants are attending the effective writing workshop comprising 16 RBAF personnel and 14 civil servants from various units of the Ministry of Defence. The workshop aims to help the participants learn how to write and format office-related letters.

The Brunei Times