Anwar tells MPs to brush up on Bahasa Malaysia

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Anwar says he has received negative feedback on some MPs’ poor command of the national language. — Picture by Hari Anggara

PETALING JAYA, Aug 17 — Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim have criticised MPs, telling them to buck up when it comes to using Bahasa Malaysia, especially in the Parliament.

The PKR incoming president said he received comments and feedback on some MPs’ weak mastery of the national language, following a meeting with national laureates and academics today.

“I received some comments on the mastery level of Bahasa [Malaysia] in Parliament which some view as weak and even impolite.

“MPs need to have better mastery of the Bahasa [Malaysia] in Parliament. Currently the level of quality is not up to par,” he said.

Earlier, Anwar hosted an informal session with academics, laureates, and educators to discuss on matters of policy-making, freedom of speech and expression, and the status of the national language, among others.

He suggested that classes be held to assist the MPs to improve their command of the language, as well as understand Parliamentary decorum.

Subsequently, Anwar also reassured the attendees that the Constitution’s spirit will not be jeopardised, including the national language’s status.

“There are those who are concerned over the status of Bahasa, following several misgiving statements,” he said, without clarifying who had made those statements.

“However I assure you there will always be co-operation to uphold the language,” Anwar said.

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