BM takes over South Korea’s signboard, former PM Ismail must be proud

FORMER prime minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob’s quest to dignify and glorify Bahasa Malaysia (BM) is a dream come true, but unfortunately, he is no longer in premiership to relish the fruits of his labour in elevating BM to a global level.

South Korea has put up a few languages on their signboards, namely BM, English, Mandarin, Japanese, and Bahasa Indonesia to help travellers from foreign countries have a swift journey in their country.

In the Malay Dialects (Indonesian, Malaysian, and Other Malay Variants) group on Facebook, Zakaria Azizi shared photos of the signboards and commented that he was pleased to see them. 

According to Zakaria, although some of their words are inaccurate, the South Korean Goverment’s efforts should receive the recognition they deserve.

“The South Korean Government is happy to make this effort to help the Maritime Southeast Asia whose residents travel there and need information on their public facilities,” shared Zakaria.

“The number of tourists from Malaysia and Indonesia visiting the country is also increasing daily, necessitating the use of Bahasa Malaysia on signage there.”

Furthermore, BM is the world’s sixth most spoken language, with 290 million speakers spanning the Straits of Melaka, encompassing the beaches of Peninsular Malaysia, and the east coast of Sumatra. – Dec 29, 2022



All photos credited to Facebook.

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