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Languages of Malaysia

No place like home

Causeway Bay's connections to Indonesia go back much further than today's weekend crowds of (mostly Javanese) migrant workers in Victoria Park might suggest. Indonesian Chinese have had a significant impact on this district since the late 1940s.

Sunday, 29 July, 2012, 12:00am

Left behind

My Hong Kong bubble of self-assuredness was popped last Wednesday. At a bus stop in North Point, I stood in the choking diesel fumes trying to work out what had gone wrong. For the first time that I was aware of, I had been ignored not by one driver, but two.

30 Mar 2010 - 12:00am


Name: Gim Seng Ng

Age: 22

City/country: Penang/ Malaysia

School: Wesleyan University

Star sign: Leo

Penang is an island off the northwest coast of peninsular Malaysia. It is the second smallest Malaysian state.

It is nicknamed Pulau Mutiara or 'Pearl of the Orient'.

20 May 2007 - 12:00am

Our language is not stupid, insist angry Malaysians

An actress has reignited the debate over the relevance of the Malay language after she said she felt 'stupid' speaking the language as she picked up an award at the Malaysian International Film Festival.

21 Aug 2006 - 12:00am


Encourage English

I take issue with 'Cantonese instruction' (October 7), which criticised Secretary for Health, Welfare and Food Yeoh Eng-kiong for his failure to understand something said in Cantonese.

10 Oct 2003 - 12:00am


This month, Malaysia will begin to return to teaching in English in elementary and secondary schools, a move that may well hold lessons for Hong Kong. While Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad had intended the switch to be more comprehensive, political opposition forced him to propose that only science and maths be taught in English rather than in Bahasa Malaysia.

4 Jan 2003 - 12:00am

Putonghua should take over from Cantonese

I think an important point has been missed in the debate about whether to make room for more Putonghua programming on English-language free TV channels.

Few would disagree that linguistic proficiency in both Putonghua and English, rather than in Cantonese, will be the key to the strategic future of Hong Kong.

20 May 2002 - 12:00am

Ethnic diversity boosts languages

Singapore is a multi-racial and multi-cultural city-state of 3.2 million people. The most important ethnic groups are the Chinese, who account for about three-fourths of the population, the Malaysians and the Indians.

1 Nov 1999 - 12:00am

World class tongue twisters to swear by

When I meet someone who speaks a foreign language, I always ask him or her about all the four-letter words in that language. After years of 'research', I have reached the conclusion that, when it comes to swearing, the Cantonese have no equals. Like everything else in Cantonese, the swear words are vulgar but apt. Let me give you some examples.

29 Mar 1998 - 12:00am

War of words as language hits barrier

Malaysia is upset that Indonesia classifies Malay as a foreign language, despite it being virtually the same as its own.

The Malaysian Information Minister, Mohamad Rahmat, said Indonesia was continuing to impose the same restrictions on Malaysian printed matter as it did on publications in Chinese and other languages despite requests by Malaysia for an exemption.

10 Sep 1997 - 12:00am