SINGAPORE – This yr’s Bulan Bahasa or Malay Language Month actions will embrace a collection of on-line periods to assist members, specifically non-Malays, be taught extra about Malay tradition and heritage.
Jom Belajar, or Let’s Study, will clarify matters like Malay meals, clothes, marriage ceremony traditions and Hari Raya celebrations in English, and is one in all a number of programmes organised by Wisma Geylang Serai (WGS) for the annual occasion.
The periods will probably be held over video conferencing platform Zoom as soon as a month from September to December, with the primary beginning this Saturday (Sept 18).
Geylang Serai was traditionally a Malay settlement, and WGS is a civic and cultural centre that goals to have fun its heritage and encourage bonding between the completely different races. It’s one in all a number of group companions internet hosting BulanBahasa actions.
WGS additionally hosted a number of performing arts workshops for youngsters in the course of the faculty holidays final week, and can launch a collection of 5 books on the historical past of Geylang Serai later this month.
Talking to reporters final Thursday (Sept 9), Minister of State for Dwelling Affairs and Nationwide Improvement Faishal Ibrahim stated the programmes goal to assist younger individuals get a greater understanding of Malay tradition.
“Though the proportion of our group that’s bilingual stays excessive, efforts to protect the language, tradition and Malay literature needs to be continued, particularly for the youthful era,” he stated.
Whereas many Malay youngsters are capable of communicate each English and their mom tongue, the proportion of Malay youngsters coming into Main One who communicate principally English at house is much like the opposite communities – at round 70 per cent.
Bulan Bahasa chairman Rahayu Mahzam stated on the launch of the month on Sept 4: “Households could also be utilizing extra English at house. Nonetheless, this doesn’t imply that the usage of the Malay language is languishing. Many Malay households are successfully bilingual and do proceed to make use of the Malay language at house, and we hope to strengthen this in future.
Ms Rahayu, who’s Parliamentary Secretary for Communications and Info, in addition to Well being, added: “With the assistance of our group companions, we are going to proceed to work in direction of a group that continues to see the worth of the Malay language as a part of their day by day lives.”
The opposite programmes embrace performances showcasing Malay poetry and dance, in addition to workshops for youngsters on conventional arts like bangsawan. Bangsawan is a standard artwork kind that mixes parts of poetry, theatre, dance and track into an operatic stage manufacturing.
Samudera Seni, one of many performances, is produced by native playwright Almahdi Al-Haj Ibrahim, higher often called Nadiputra. He was lately recognised with the Stewards of Intangible Cultural Heritage award by the Nationwide Heritage Board for his contributions to Malay arts over the previous 50 years.
Stated Mr Almahdi: “I hope each the Malay and non-Malay group usually get to know the Malay language and its utilization higher, and perceive the completely different facets of Malay tradition.”
For extra particulars, go to the Malay Language Council, Singapore web site at mbms.sg, or observe its social media platforms at fb.com/majlisbahasa or @BulanBahasa on Instagram.