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Authors: Mohamad Kassim, Aishah 
Issue Date: 26-Oct-2021
Publisher: Univ. of Malaya
Citation: Mohamad Kassim, Aishah (2021-10-26). PELESTARIAN BAHASA MELAYU SEBAGAI BAHASA IBUNDA DI SINGAPURA. Jurnal Pengajian Melayu 32 (2) : 39-56. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: The latest statistics from the Department of Statistics in Singapore (2020) shows that more Malay families speak English at home. However, this trend is common across all ethnic groups in Singapore. Over the five decades of independence and enforcement of the bilingualism policy, the Malay language, which is the National Language and language commonly spoken in Malay households, is gradually being replaced with English. Other statistics reveal that the Malay language, which is the mother tongue of the majority of the Malays, is used less frequently, even from the early years of socialisation in a Malay household and the exposure of Malay only begins at the preschool level (Maliki, 2020). There is an assumption that, as long as the government maintains the Malay language in the education system through language learning in Singaporean schools, the bilingual policy will continue to maintain the usage of vernacular language. This development is likely to create more issues towards learning and teaching the Malay language as a mother tongue. Hence, this study utilises the approach of the sociology of language to discuss the reasons and impact of the language shift in efforts to preserve the status of the Malay language among the Singapore Malays.
Source Title: Jurnal Pengajian Melayu
ISSN: 27351904
DOI: 10.22452/jomas.vol32no2.3
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