Make national language compulsory

Students from Xinmin Secondary School learning how to write Jawi, the Arabic alphabet for writing the Malay language.
Students from Xinmin Secondary School learning how to write Jawi, the Arabic alphabet for writing the Malay language. PHOTO: SYARIFAH NABIHAH ABDUL RAZAK

With Singapore commemorating its bicentennial this year, I think it is a good time to make Malay, Singapore's national language, compulsory in schools.

I got to know more about Singapore's heritage and Malay culture while following the bicentennial celebrations, and I now understand why our national language is Malay.

I now feel more pride when singing our National Anthem in Malay, and I believe that if more students are taught Malay in school, they, too, will follow suit.

Our closest neighbours also share a similar language, so learning Malay will give us a common bond with friends in neighbouring countries.

Tan Yuqing, 17

Polytechnic Year 2 Student