SINGAPORE - A month-long programme of activities to promote the use and appreciation of the Malay language in Tampines was launched on Sunday.
The activities will include a singing competition for kindergarten children, a script-writing competition for theatre productions, and a forum on the history and usage of the Malay language.
About 400 residents and guests turned up for the launch of the programme "Genderang Bahasa dan Budaya 2015", which was held at the Tampines Community Plaza.
The programme's theme for this year is "Our Language. Use it."
Home-grown Tampines talents, which included a martial arts group, an orchestra and a traditional Malay dance group performed for guests on stage.
Rock singer Ramli Sarip also sang a composition of poetic songs.
The programme's organising chairman Nadiputra said: "I am proud and heartened to see how well our youths work together with the more veteran and senior artists and community activists to put together this unique performance."
"It is a proud showcase of the vibrancy and beauty of the Malay language and how it can be weaved seamlessly into the arts, culture and customs of the community," he added.
Education Minister Heng Swee Keat attended the event together with other other Tampines GRC grassroots organisation advisers Masagos Zulkifli, Mah Bow Tan, Irene Ng, Baey Yam Keng and Desmond Choo.