Sunday, June 13

DBP implements ways to encourage use of Malay Language


KUALA LUMPUR: Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka (DBP) has implemented various measures to ensure that all parties observe the regulations set out under the Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka (Amendment and Extension) Act 1995 which promotes the use of the national language.

In a statement issued yesterday, DBP said the agency had implemented various measures to expand the use of the national language including upholding the language policy, service, monitoring, distribution, boosting and upgrading of the language besides strategic collaborations with the ministries, government departments and agencies as well as the private sector.

At the same time, DBP has also carried out Bahasa Melayu (Malay Language) audits on the civil service as well as on-going monitoring of the language used in the public and private sectors as well as in public places.

“In 2017 and 2018, we issued 25 reminder letters to the parties which committed language mistakes so that the corrections can be made.

“At the same time, DBP also monitored the use of the language in advertisements in public places, with 93,362 advertisements approved in 2017,” the statement said.

On the celebrations in conjunction with the National Language Month, DBP said it was aware that there was little media coverage, resulting in many people not knowing about the events.

Even so, it said last year there were 150 language and literary events held throughout the country. — Bernama