The Social Sciences

Year: 2013
Volume: 8
Issue: 2
Page No. 135 - 142

Challenges in Implementation of National Language Policy for Ethnic Unity in Malaysia

Authors : Wan Norhasniah Wan Husin

Abstract: This study discusses the challenges in fostering ethnic unity through the introduction of national language policy in Malaysia. The country is populated by two major ethnic groups, the Malays and Chinese. With diverse dissimilarities in languages and other cultural heritage, both ethnic strive to preserve their languages from being marginalized. When the government propagated the Malay language as the national language, a sense of dissatisfaction arose among the Chinese. The implementation of the policy was an uphill battle for the government. Based on the textual analysis method employed, the finding shows that the major stumbling blocks to the implementation of Malay language as the national language is because the Chinese community is adamant in preserving their language rights.

How to cite this article:

Wan Norhasniah Wan Husin , 2013. Challenges in Implementation of National Language Policy for Ethnic Unity in Malaysia. The Social Sciences, 8: 135-142.

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