DBP chair’s proposed penalty for disrespecting BM ‘mind-boggling’, says MP

The Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka chairman says anyone who disrespects the national language should be fined or imprisoned. – The Malaysian Insight file pic, June 24, 2022.

THE suggestion to impose a hefty fine or jail term on anyone who “disrespects” the Malay language is another display of arrogance by the federal government, its agencies and civil servants, said Selangau MP Baru Bian.

Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka (DBP) chairman Prof Awang Sariyan earlier this week said the proposed penalty is not intended to punish but “evoke love and patriotism for the country”, which Baru said is “mind-boggling”.

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