KUALA LUMPUR (Sept 24): Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob’s speech in Bahasa Melayu on the United Nations (UN) Common Meeting has opened the eyes of leaders and your entire ‘Keluarga Malaysia’ to be courageous in internationalising the nationwide language, says an knowledgeable.
Describing the prime minister as position mannequin for the folks, linguistics lecturer Dr Raja Rajeswari Seetha Raman mentioned Ismail Sabri had set a excessive benchmark yesterday in dignifying Bahasa Melayu, in addition to selling Malaysia’s identification on the world stage.
“We are able to say the Prime Minister ‘walks the speak’. When he himself practises what he has got down to inculcate, it would give confidence to the folks to do the identical.
“It’s also one thing to be happy with, as a result of no prime minister earlier than this has ‘dared’ to make use of the nationwide language at a world convention, so Ismail Sabri has certainly created an necessary historical past,” she mentioned.
Yesterday, the prime minister grew to become the primary Malaysian premier to ship his total speech within the nationwide language on the largest diplomatic gathering held in New York, United States.
Clad in a black Baju Melayu and songkok, he stole the limelight as quickly as he stepped into the primary corridor, whereas your entire nationwide delegation, together with Overseas Minister Datuk Seri Saifuddin Abdullah, additionally wore the nationwide apparel and Malaysian batik shirts.
Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) Institute of Ethnic Research (KITA) Principal Fellow Prof Datuk Dr Teo Kok Seong described the usage of the nationwide language on the world stage as rising the marketability of Bahasa Melayu on the world degree.
Highlighting the nationwide language on the world stage, he mentioned, had opened up the chance for foreigners to be excited by Malaysia and be taught extra concerning the variety of cultures, religions and races discovered within the nation.
“When Bahasa Melayu is used and heard on the world stage, it not directly piques the curiosity of foreigners to be taught extra about Malaysia, and extra importantly, it drives Malaysians themselves to understand the nationwide language.
“We have to take this occasion as a step in the suitable course for the folks to simply accept and use the nationwide language wholeheartedly. For Bahasa Melayu to be accepted overseas, we must always strengthen its use within the nation as properly,” he mentioned.
The Prime Minister’s transfer to don the Baju Melayu was additionally praised by Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) senior lecturer in media expertise from the College of Multimedia Know-how and Communication, Dr Azahar Kasim, who described it as an effort to introduce Malaysian tradition to the world.
He mentioned donning the standard clothes on the world stage confirmed Ismail Sabri’s respect for native tradition and his willingness to precise his Malaysian identification.
“The sporting of fits and neckties is a western tradition that has been picked up and the setting of such gown codes at worldwide occasions has made it a normality.
“When the Prime Minister wears a Baju Melayu and speaks in Bahasa Melayu, it sends a press release to the world neighborhood about his self-identity and that of the Malaysian neighborhood,” he added. ― Bernama