KUALA LUMPUR – A programme host should not be ashamed or afraid to use proper Malay language when presenting shows or programmes lest people think they are outdated or old-fashioned, said celebrity TV host Datuk Aznil Nawawi.
Aznil said although they might be labelled as those not following the trend, this had not happened to him in his 20 years in the broadcasting scene.
He said he had always made it a habit to make sure that the programme script used proper Bahasa Melayu with the right choice of words and suitable for the target audience.
“Though the audience these days are more comfortable with sms and WhatsApp social media language which is informal, if left unchecked this language will take over the integrity of Bahasa Melayu. So, avoid using adulterated Malay language altogether.
“I feel more at ease with the language which had been taught by my teachers during my school and university days, so I have no qualms using proper Bahasa Melayu. Thank God, I was never ostracised for using the language correctly,” said Aznil, who is fondly known as Pak Nil.
He was speaking to reporters after receiving the Special Language Icon Award at the Linguistic Society of Malaysia (PLM) 2016 awards presentation ceremony, here, today.
At the event, among the four individuals who received the PLM Language Champion award were Malay Civilisation Organisation of Malaysia, Kelantan chapter president Datuk A. Aziz Deraman and Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka (DBP) director-general, Prof Datuk Dr Awang Sariyan.
The other two were Broadcasting Department deputy director-general (Strategic Broadcasting), Datuk Adilah Shek Omar and academician, Prof Datuk Dr Isahak Harun.
Aznil, 54, said although he was not a champion of the Malay language, his strong faith in the official language had made him an icon entrusted to encourage society to respect and be proud of the Malay language.
“This is a new challenge for me. The task of educating people does not rest with those who champion the language alone, but television hosts and presenters too play an important role in elevating the national language,” he said.
A graduate of Universiti Malaya with a Bachelor of Economics degree, Aznil started his broadcasting career in 1990 as a news reader at a private television station before moving on as entertainment programme host.
The father of three was Most Popular Male TV Host 11 times from 2003 to 2015 and has won several other awards including Best Family Entertainment Programme Host and Best Entertainment Programme Host. – BERNAMA