PETALING JAYA: Malaysians who prefer English over Bahasa Malaysia are trapped in a colonial mindset, says PAS President Tan Sri Abdul Hadi Awang.
“Ignore the incoherent voices that are delirious, as a result of these are both individuals who are nonetheless sleeping in the shadow of the colonial period, or these who are loopy in eager to pressure the abandonment of Bahasa Malaysia,” mentioned the Marang MP in a assertion on Sunday (July 3).
Abdul Hadi additionally criticized Malaysians who continually belittle the Bahasa Malaysia language.
“Their souls are nonetheless trapped with the previous colonists who beforehand enslaved them,” added Abdul Hadi.
Abdul Hadi additionally claimed that there have been Malaysians who prioritize the utilization of English in official occasions.
“Advertisements in outlets and the market in addition to the names of cities and roads are named in English though a majority of its audience have no idea English,” mentioned Abdul Hadi.
“At the identical time, they don’t care about whether or not their audiences include Malaysians who have no idea English,” he added.
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On May 24, Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Mohd Zuki Ali was quoted saying that he hoped the Public Service Department (JPA) would contemplate motion in opposition to these who didn’t take directions referring to the usage of Bahasa Malaysia in the civil service severely.
On June 21, Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka (DBP) board of governors chairman Datuk Seri Awang Sariyan proposed that these who don’t respect the nationwide language be fined as much as RM50,000 or sentenced by way of imprisonment by way of a number of authorized amendments.
Awang mentioned the proposed punishment would wish an modification of the DBP Act 1959 and added that the modification is presently in the ultimate phases of discussions earlier than it’s offered to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob subsequent month.
Among these criticizing the proposed penalties had been former worldwide commerce and business minister Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz.
She had mentioned that different Asean international locations could not reply effectively if Malaysian civil servants had been compelled to make use of Bahasa Malaysia when corresponding with the worldwide neighborhood.
“If this mindset of being inward-looking persists, with even penalties imposed for not speaking with the remainder of the world in Bahasa Malaysia, then we would be the bureaucratic pariahs in Asean,” she mentioned in a assertion final month.
Whereas the G25 group of eminent Malays mentioned punitive measures to implement Bahasa Malaysia in the civil service and different government-related businesses will trigger Malaysia to lose out.
“While G25 helps the significance of Bahasa Malaysia in creating a united nation between the varied races that type the nation, there should even be recognition of the significance of English because the common language of the worldwide neighborhood in many facets of each day life,” it mentioned in a assertion in May.
Ismail Sabri mentioned the transfer was to strengthen Bahasa Malaysia and there was no motive for any Malaysians not to have the ability to converse the nationwide language.