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Shafie: Students should be encouraged to raise BM competency

29th June, 2018


KOTA KINABALU: Students should be encouraged to raise their competency in the national language (Bahasa Melayu) by participation in extra-curricular activities and competitions using the language.

Such competitions include poetry recitation, Scrabble and youth forum, said Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal.

He said such competitions helps enhance the students’ command of the language, and also generate awareness in them about the importance of learning and promoting it.

“Regardless of race and background we must always try to elevate our command of our national language, and raise awareness among our children of the importance of the national language in the development of our country,” he said in his speech at the closing of the poetry recitation competition at the INTAN Sabah campus yesterday.

His speech was delivered by the Assistant Minister of Education and Innovation, Mohammad Mohamarin.

About 200 students and 120 teachers from 24 districts in Sabah participated in the competition which was held June 25-28.

The competition was jointly organised by Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka Sabah (the language and literary board), State Education Department, Sabah Youth and Sports Ministry, and Institut Tadbiran Awam Negara (INTAN) Sabah. Shafie stressed that the youths are an important asset of the country, and will inherit its leadership.

“We must nurture them with education and responsibility that will steer and preserve our nation.” The Chief Minister said extra-curricular activities are healthy avenues through which youths can find their identities and direct their energies in creative ways.

“If we can create conducive environments, give guidance and opportunities for them, we can reduce the chances of them getting involved in negative activities.

“This kind of competition will surely bring great benefits to the youth because this could enhance their Bahasa Melayu skills especially in public speaking,” he said.

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