Malay Language - Perihal Bahasa Melayu
By Taidin Suhaimin
World's 4th Most Widely Spoken Language
Malay language is now
world's most widely spoken
languages. Today, about 300 million people in the world speak in
There are 4 nations where Malay Language or
Bahasa Melayu is the national language. The countries are: Malaysia -
(Bahasa Malaysia / Melayu), Indonesia - (Bahasa Indonesia),
Brunei Darussalam & Singapore - (Bahasa Melayu) - the home of about
275 million people.
Other places where Malay language is widely spoken are: Southern
Thailand, Southern Philippines, Cambodia, and Vietnam.
There are currently
than half a million Cham Malays
living in Cambodia. There are also about 70,000 people who can
converse in Malay in Sri Lanka. Malay language is also
being spoken by Malays in South Africa. And, interestingly, China
has its own Radio Channel in Malay - Siaran Radio Bahasa Melayu CRI - managed by its
The world's most widely spoken language is Mandarin. Second; English
and third; Hindi / Urdu.
Cintai dan Kuasailah Bahasa Kebangsaan Kita
Bahasa Jiwa Bangsa
Wins Bahasa Oratory Contest
LUMPUR - Saturday March 17, 2007
Distance is no barrier in learning and “conquering” a foreign language
– Russian-born Olga Vadimovna Vasilevskaya can testify to that.
The 19-year-old's dedication to master Bahasa Melayu paid off when she
won the Bahasa Melayu International Public Speaking Contest – Deputy
Prime Minister's Trophy last night.
“Once I discovered the history and culture of Malaysia, it was only
natural to fall in love with the language.
was difficult at first to speak the language but when I began making
friends with Malaysians on campus, speaking it became easier,” said
the University of Moscow undergraduate.
‘It was difficult at first to speak the language’
Deputy Prime Minister Datuk
Seri Najib Tun Razak presented her with the
winning trophy, final round trophy, certificate and a mock cheque for
Vasilevskaya is perusing
third year in history and Bahasa Melayu and has another year to go
before she completes her degree.
known as Azizah among friends, Vasilevskaya said she was unsure if she
should participate in the competition when she first heard about it.
However, her lecturer Prof Dr Tatiana Dorofeeve and Malaysians friends
had the confidence in her.
had to compete with five other fellow
Russians before I could represent my country for this competition,”
Vasilevskaya told The Star in an interview conducted fully in
She beat six other
contestants during the final round, including local favorite Mohd Daud
Mat Din, 23, who came in second.
An Min Suk of the Hankuk
University of Foreign Studies, South Korea,
won the third prize. A total of 24 participants from various countries
participated in the competition, which was being held for the first
contest, Najib said the position and status of Bahasa Melayu must be
strengthened not only within the country but also abroad.