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DBP Act amendments: 'Don't just look at punishment for language offenders'
Friday, June 24, 2022

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: As right as rain and as surely as the sun rises in the East, the response from DBP Chairman Prof. Awang Sariyan is exactly in accordance with established protocol and in line with what the doctor ordered – “My statement at the earlier press conference was taken out of context.” It appears that he forgot to add that other traditional spice – “I was misquoted”.

Sadly, however one slices it, someone carrying the title of Professor these days hardly attracts the admiration of yore. The professorial specimens we encounter of late only serve to make hair stand, knees tremble, and blood curdle. But I digress, of course. 

Meanwhile back at the ranch, I am sure the world of scholastic pursuit and linguistic excellence eagerly awaits your useful definition of what constitutes “disrespect to the national language”. How is such disrespect achieved? The written word or the spoken as in the case of we mere mortals attempting England as a form of verbal communication? 

What is accepted pronunciation? Would I be charged, flogged and flayed like Gunga Din if I said “Nok gi ‘Antau Pa’jeng beki ketou”? In the interest of brevity, I shall not enquire how you arrived at the magic sum of RM50,000 as an appropriate fine; I believe the current amount in vogue is RM30,000 or RM480,000.

IndigoKite6964 : Beforre it gets enforced i better quickly ask if "cucuk dan main" .. a BM translation for plug and play .. fall into the category of disrespect or that Dewan Bahasa has not step up to the challenge of expanding the BM vocabulary. 

Malaysiakini : Issues surrounding amendments to the Dewan Bahasa and Pustaka (DBP) Act 1959 should not be focused solely on the proposed enforcement and punishment, according to DBP organising chairperson Prof Awang Sariyan.

Instead, he said, the proposal should be looked at as a whole, including DBP's role as the main language body in charge of accreditation, rating, licensing, incorporation and international activities.

"The media focused more on the enforcement aspect, whereas in the press conference at DBP with the education minister on June 21, it was mentioned by the DBP organising council chairperson that the amendments are holistic in nature," Awang (above) told Malaysiakini.

However, Awang declined to comment when asked further questions on the type of new offences proposed under the Act.

Read it all here.............

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