SURABAYA, May 5 – The Malays must take proactive measures to uphold their intellectual tradition through the sharing of knowledge and research with renowned universities in the region. Utusan Malaysia assistant editor Zulkifli Hamzah said the initiative and cooperation was an easy mechanism to be implemented to expand the potential and strength of the Malay race. “The number of Bahasa Melayu speakers has reached 350 million people worldwide. So, the sharing of knowledge can place the position of the Malays on par with other races in the world,” he said.
He said this when tabling a working paper at an International Malay Education Seminar (SePMA) organised by Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) here, today. He also forwarded a suggestion that a Malay World Corner be created in renowned universities in the region, as the initiative could, to some extent, shape the landscape of the Malay community in the world. “Educational institutions have a big responsibility to mobilise efforts to expand the potential and strength of the Malay world.
Implement it with wisdom so that the words of Hang Tuah that the Malays will not disappear from the world will truly become a reality,” he said. He also stressed on the empowering of the political agenda at least in three nations like Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei so that the Malay Language could be used at international forums specifically at the levels of Asean and United Nations.