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Wednesday, October 21, 2009


hi! happy deepavali to all my indian friends ^^

okey, back to the topic i mentioned above :)

Have you ever heard about 'Keranda 152'? haha. don't be so surprised! The 'Keranda 152' is symbolized the Article 152 of Federal Costitution actually. Last week, I accidentally read an article regarding this issue and i find it is interesting to share the contents with all of you.

Article 152 stated that Bahasa Melayu is the national language and it will be brought to the better level gradually in the ten years after the Independence Day. This article which guaranteed the privilege of Bahasa Melayu actually is a social contract between Malay, Chinese, Indian and other ethnics in Malaysia. However, the NGO which represents the Malay claimed that this contract had been violated during the conference of Dewan Rakyat on 1967. The conference which resulted to the Rang Undang- undang Bahasa 1967 provided that English would be remained in some field including the judiciary. They argued that there is no improvement in Bahasa Melayu for the past ten years; threfore it only suitable for art field and not good enough to be applied in Science matter.

As the feedback, there were almost 2000 nationalists including the Head of DBP , Tun Syed Nasir Ismail and Usman Awang who was the editor for Dewan Masyarakat, Dewan Budaya and Dewan Sastera gathered and gave their speech at Balai Budaya on 3rd March 1967. After the Friday prayer, they headed to the building of Parliament at Jalan Mahameru along with the coffin (keranda) written 'Perkara152'. Unfortunately, the Alliance Party which ruled the country on that point of time had rejected their proposal. Actually, this parade symbolized the death of Bahasa Melayu when the Government refused to use it as the main language especially in judiciary field.

Luckily, the 13th May incident changed everything. Bahasa Melayu has been recognized as national language 'officially'. Besides, this incident also indirectly leads to the establishment of Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia
(UKM) as an alternative to the 'Universiti Malaya' at Singapura which established by British.

So, how do you think about this article?
huuu~ I never thought there will be a hidden history regarding the Article 152