February 14, 2003

Bahasa Melayu Should Rightly Be Called
Bahasa Malaysia, Says Zam

SHAH ALAM, Feb 14 (Bernama) -- The Bahasa Melayu subject in schools should rightly be called Bahasa Malaysia for better acceptance of multi-racial Malaysians, Deputy Minister of Information Datuk Zainudin Maidin said Friday.

He said this request was made by Malaysia's Father of Independence, the late Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj, during his time but it had been forgotten.

"Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad also mentioned it yesterday and reminded us of our origins.

"There's nothing to lose by calling it Bahasa Malaysia and in fact, the language will be better accepted by the other races in the country," he told reporters after a forum on the leadership and struggles of the Tunku in conjunction with his 100th anniversary.

The forum, jointly organised by the Tunku Abdul Rahman Foundation and Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM), was opened by Education Minister Tan Sri Musa Mohamad. -- BERNAMA