English or National Language? Thoughts from Malaysia

Malaysia is a South-East Asian country, neighbor to Singapore, Indonesia and Thailand. The national language is Bahasa Malaysia, which literally translates to ‘Malaysian Language’. It is used for most official functions and all layers of government administration.

The three largest ethnic groups in Malaysia are the Malays (50.4%), the Chinese (23.7%) and the Indians (7.1%). The government refers to the national language as Bahasa Malaysia, but under the country’s National Language Act 1967, the official language of Malaysia is Bahasa Melayu. Multilingual Mania. January 5, 2011 Read more…

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