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‘Bahasa Malaysia’ key to unity, says Perak Sultan

Sultan Nazrin said that language, as well as the monarchy and the concept of democracy play significant roles in enhancing the country’s unity. — Picture by Miera Zulyana

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 10 — Malaysia is home to one of the world’s most diverse peoples, which is why the use of Bahasa Malaysia as a unifier is integral to its unity, Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah of Perak said today.

The state Ruler noted the country has over 60 ethnic, sub-ethnic and indigenous tribes of which 137 living languages are spoken, and indicated these cultures should be celebrated, but said the national language is the common tie that binds Malaysians.

“In our country, the majority population speak the Malay language which we have adapted and known now as Bahasa Malaysia or the Malaysian language.”

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The Malay Mail Online