Abang Johari defends Sarawak’s continued emphasis on English

Desmond Davidson

Sarawak Premier Abang Johari Openg says article 161(3) of the Federal Constitution guarantees the state’s right to continue using English. – The Malaysian Insight pic, June 18, 2022.

SARAWAK Premier Abang Johari Openg today staunchly defended the state’s continued use of English as a language of communication in official businesses in the state alongside Bahasa Malaysia, amid criticisms from Malay language rights groups.

He said while Sarawak accepts Bahasa Malaysia as the national language, the state at the same time continues to maintain English as the second official language and the language of communication for two reasons – the need to be practical and the state’s constitutional right in the Federal Constitution.

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  • Agreed with you Chief Minister. We are moving backwards with this overly emphasis on Bahasa Malaysia. All the knowledge and advanced technologies are in English.

    Posted 2 months ago by DENGKI KE?