PM says foreign students will need to learn local language

Foreign students will have to learn the Malay language Bahasa Melayu when they are studying at universities in Malaysia, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said on Saturday 19 March, writes Yap Wan Xiang for Says.

According to Free Malaysia Today, the prime minister has spoken to Higher Education Minister Datuk Dr Noraini Ahmad about the matter and she has agreed with the move. Besides that, Ismail also announced that the Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka (DBP) Act will be amended to include enforcement powers.

“The DBP Act will be strengthened by giving DBP the enforcement powers. For example, [for] the use of Bahasa Melayu on signboards, DBP can take action against language abuse,” Bernama quoted him as saying at the 2021 UMNO General Assembly at the World Trade Centre Kuala Lumpur. Ismail told party members at the assembly that they must champion the use of Bahasa Melayu, which he hopes would become ASEAN’s second language.
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