Saturday, May 2, 2009

I Speak Fluent Bahasa Melayu.

Bahasa Melayu. That's right, Bahasa Melayu or Malay Language. Once lingua-franca in the vast Malay Archipelago during the booming period of spice trade. In this part of the world which consists close to a billion people, it is widely spoken. The Indonesian has it own brand of Bahasa Melayu, so does the Malaysian. It is also spoken in Southern Thai in the Province of Pattani and in the southern isles of the Phillipines. Brunei with a majority of Malay population speaks not much different with his friends in Malaysia.

Little wonder due to their involvement in the spice trade, the Arab, Portuguese, Dutch, English and Japanese who came to this waters has to learn Bahasa Melayu. But they came, they saw and they conquered, except the Arabs.

Regardless of hundreds of years the conqueror stayed here, Bahasa Melayu survived. But it did accept some addition from Arabic, Sanskrit and the conquerors language. Enhancing its beauty and survivability.

But sadly, latest development in Malaysia has further restricting the expansion of Bahasa Melayu. Bahasa Melayu nowadays is in very limited use in trade. It has limited use in schools. We are now using more and more English in our everyday life. Much to my dismay.If concerted effort is not taken immediately, Bahasa Melayu will soon confined to only Malay homes and Malay populated areas.

But still there I am a Malay and I speak fluent Bahasa Melayu.

Please have a look at link here and make your own conclusion. I believe we, the Malays who do the damage to our own language.

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