Bahasa Melayu-Malaysia-Kebangsaan?
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Bahasa Melayu-Malaysia-Kebangsaan?

ZAM-thing’s happening again.

Information Minister Zainuddin Maidin said the national language is now known as Bahasa Malaysia again, replacing the term Bahasa Melayu, which ZAM blamed on Anwar Ibrahim who changed it when he became the education minister in 1986.


Such an important announcement! Is it meant only for the English and Chinese-speaking readership, and is it to be concealed from the Malay-speaking crowd?

The news is only available in The Star and Sin Chew Daily (where quotes from MCA’s Chan Kong Choy and Ong Ka Chuan, and Umno’s Rais Yatim were obtained).

But I CAN’T find it in Utusan Malaysia or Berita Harian, and it’s supposed to be a Cabinet decision made in April 2007!

Come to think of it, hadn’t we once called it Bahasa Kebangsaan when our fathers were very very young, during Tunku or Razak’s time?

UPDATES: Parliamentary Opposition Leader Lim Kit Siang has the same question.