The role of the language of unity at higher education institution: Malaysian experience

Azizah Ya`Acob, Noor Aziah Mohd Awal, Fazilah Idris, Zaharah Hassan, Saran Kaur Delip Singh, Mansor Mohd Noor

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Abstract

Malaysia, a multiethnic and multilingual country, has implemented a new language policy which made the Malay language as the national language and with the aim of uniting the Malaysians. While English, declared as the second language of the country, is seen as language of globalization and business. With the policy, the Malay language becomes the medium of instruction and also takes an important role in promoting national unity and integration among Malaysians of diverse ethnic groups and languages in schools and most institutions of higher education. Therefore, this paper presents the findings of an ongoing research conducted at a public university, with the aim of investigating the role of the Malay language at the university in enhancing unity. In order to achieve the aim of the study, the following questions are seen as vital - Does the Malay language function as the unifying factor and the tool for interaction in the education system especially in higher education institutions? Does the use of languages other than the Malay language hinder unity and integration? Data were obtained from a questionnaire administered on university undergraduates. The preliminary findings reveal that the Malay language promotes unity and the usage of different languages does not hinder unity and integration. Suggestions and recommendations for ways to improve unity among students will also be discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProcedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences
Pages1457-1461
Number of pages5
Volume15
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Event3rd World Conference on Educational Sciences, WCES-2011 - Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: 3 Feb 20117 Feb 2011

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Other3rd World Conference on Educational Sciences, WCES-2011
CountryTurkey
CityIstanbul
Period3/2/117/2/11

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Keywords

  • Ethnic relation
  • Higher education
  • Language
  • Malaysia
  • Unity
  • University

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  • Social Sciences(all)
  • Psychology(all)

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The role of the language of unity at higher education institution : Malaysian experience. / Ya`Acob, Azizah; Mohd Awal, Noor Aziah; Idris, Fazilah; Hassan, Zaharah; Delip Singh, Saran Kaur; Mohd Noor, Mansor.

Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences. Vol. 15 2011. p. 1457-1461.

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Ya`Acob, A, Mohd Awal, NA, Idris, F, Hassan, Z, Delip Singh, SK & Mohd Noor, M 2011, The role of the language of unity at higher education institution: Malaysian experience. in Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences. vol. 15, pp. 1457-1461, 3rd World Conference on Educational Sciences, WCES-2011, Istanbul, Turkey, 3/2/11. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.sbspro.2011.03.310
Ya`Acob, Azizah ; Mohd Awal, Noor Aziah ; Idris, Fazilah ; Hassan, Zaharah ; Delip Singh, Saran Kaur ; Mohd Noor, Mansor. / The role of the language of unity at higher education institution : Malaysian experience. Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences. Vol. 15 2011. pp. 1457-1461
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