Celebration of Malay language and culture to be held at the National Museum in September

Bulan Bahasa, or the Malay Language Month, will culminate this year with a two-day celebration across Sept 3 and 4 at the National Museum of Singapore.
Bulan Bahasa, or the Malay Language Month, will culminate this year with a two-day celebration across Sept 3 and 4 at the National Museum of Singapore. PHOTO: BERITA HARIAN

SINGAPORE - Bulan Bahasa, or the Malay Language Month, will culminate this year with a two-day celebration across Sept 3 and 4 at the National Museum of Singapore.

This was announced on Friday (July 29) by chairman of the Bulan Bahasa 2016 committee, Ms Rahayu Mahzam.

This is the first time the annual event, to be held between Aug 15 and Oct 15 this year, is being held at the museum, which was chosen for its links to Singapore's history.

Visitors will be guided through exhibits and artefacts of importance to the Malay community, including jewellery from Fort Canning and figures such as the first President Yusof Ishak.

There will also be a performance of Noor Effendy Ibrahim's play Bilik, staged by Temasek Polytechnic theatre group Teatro.

The Malay Language Council Singapore also appointed three new language ambassadors, chosen for their passion for the Malay language, culture and heritage. They are actress Siti Khalijah Zainal, Orkestra Sri Temasek founder and conductor Megat Muhammad Firdaus and Jamiyah Ar-Rabitah Mosque education officer, Ustazah Nurul 'Izzah Khamsani.

The expansion of Bulan Bahasa activities into the heartland also continues with activities in Sembawang for the first time, in addition to Nee Soon and Choa Chu Kang which were added last year.

"I believe that our community is already aware of Bulan Bahasa. This year we hope that our efforts will have a more meaningful and longer-lasting effect, even after Bulan Bahasa ends,such that it will instill a love of the language especially in the youth," said Ms Rahayu, who is also a Member of Parliament for Jurong GRC.