As a foreigner live in Malaysia for many years, I understand what the foreigner need and what need to overcome in learning Bahasa Malaysia. The first book I am using to learn Bahasa was published by Grandfather’s company in 1982 called “Buku Panduan Praktis Bahasa Malaysia” “Practical Handbook of Bahasa Malaysia”. I finally met the Author Mr. Lai Choy in June 2017. He is the author of “Malay Chinese English”. We met and discussed many topics and looking for use my platform for new course with him. After my Grandfather passed away around 9 years, I realized I am on the track of publishing but in digital era.
The Malay language, also known locally as bahasa Melayu, is an Austronesian language spoken by the Malay people who reside in the Malay Peninsula, southern Thailand, the Philippines, Singapore, central eastern Sumatra, the Riau islands, and parts of the coast of Borneo. It is an official language of Malaysia, Brunei and Singapore. It is very similar to Indonesian, known locally as Bahasa Indonesia, the official language of Indonesia and also the native of Papua New Guinea. There are around 350 – 400 Million people speak this language estimated by me.
In Malaysia, the language is known as Bahasa Melayu or Bahasa Malaysia, which means the Malay, or Malaysian, language. The latter term, which was introduced by the National Language Act 1967, was predominant until the 1990s, when most academics and government officials reverted to the older term, which is used in the Malay version of the Federal Constitution. Indonesia adopted a form of Malay as its official language upon independence, naming it Bahasa Indonesia and although a degree of mutual intelligibility exists, Indonesian is considerably distinct from Malay as spoken in Malaysia. In Singapore and Brunei it is known simply as Malay or Bahasa Melayu.
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