SERDANG – A systematic effort must be jointly carried out by the Malaysian and Indonesian governments to boost the use of the Malay/Indonesian languages at international level.
Special Adviser to The Government on Socio-cultural Affairs Tan Sri Dr Rais Yatim said the tongue should be empowered for the world to know the Malays and Indonesians, who were from the same clump, be spoken together with the French and Japanese languages, especially at the United Nations (UN).
When making the call, he said Bahasa Indonesia and Malay which had clear similarities were spoken by 250 million people, compared to French and Japanese languages, and should secure a place in UN.
“But to date, there is no application to the UN on the matter. However, they have informed us they will duly consider if there is effort towards this end,” he told reporters after opening the 2015 Biennial General Meeting of the Malaysia-Indonesia Mandailing Ties (IMAMI) here today.
In the meantime, Rais also urged that the field of language, culture and history of the archipelago be mastered by the people of Malaysia and Indonesia themselves.
“It is okay, if others are also experts in our history, but we are keen to see expertise in such fields in the hands of the people of Indonesia and Malaysia, in a serious network of universities and studies on our ethnicity and archipelago,” he noted.
Earlier, IMAMI president, Datuk Ahmad Tamimi Siregar Kamaruddin said IMAMI was a non-governmental organisation which had Indonesian and Malaysian memberships set up to boost relations between the two nations and become a forum to foster the Mandailing culture and language. – BERNAMA