Malay language expert Professor Emeritus Datuk Asmah Omar said yesterday that the name Bahasa Melayu should not be substituted with Bahasa Malaysia.
At the International Symposium on Bahasa Melayu, the Malay grammarian said that changing the name of the language would completely erase its history.
She went on to say that the name of a language is significant since it contains information about its history, ethnic background, origin, and time span of usage.
“If Bahasa Melayu is replaced with another name, such as Bahasa Malaysia, then it will erase its origins and history,” stresses the expert during her speech at the Wisma Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka yesterday.
This statement is supported by the fact that many countries around the world are still dealing with the effects of colonialism.
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