Malay newspaper Berita Harian (BH) will be celebrating the annual Malay Language Month with two events next Tuesday.
It will be holding a public forum on the relevance of the Malay language and a literary appreciation event featuring personalities in the Malay literature, music and television scene.
Both events will be held at the Singapore Press Holdings Auditorium.
The two-hour forum is themed "Is the Malay language still relevant in the digital era?" It will feature four panellists - two educationists, a BH senior journalist, and actress Rilla Melati Bahri.
Participants will get tips from panellists on how to promote the use of the language at home. They will also learn about enrichment activities to promote the appreciation of Malay literature and culture.
The forum is free, but participants need to register online.
After the forum, there will be two hours of literary performances by writers, poets and celebrities, including actor-director Rafaat Hamzah and members of former folk music group, Rausyanfikir .
The audience will also see how a radio drama is produced "live" by radio personality M. Saffri A. Manaf, and veteran actresses Norsiah Abdul Hamid and Mastura Ahmad.
Tickets for the literary event cost $18 a person. Tickets for groups of four or more cost $12 each. Registrations for the forum and event can be made online at www.beritaharian.sg/malamsastera.
The Malay Language Month is organised annually by the Malay Language Council, which works with various organisations to hold a range of activities to promote the the Malay language and culture.