Bulan Bahasa goes online for 2nd year, with dance competition and more

Bulan Bahasa, or Malay Language Month, will run as a series of virtual events and online programs for the second year in a row due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Organized by the Malay Language Council to encourage the community to embrace the use of the language in their daily lives, the program will run from August 14 to October 10, with its official launch airing on Suria at 8:30 p.m. on September 4.

Among the planned activities is a contemporary shadow theater workshop that will allow families to create their own puppets and play stories.

A series of workshops called Pentas Radio will offer a behind-the-scenes look at radio plays and give attendees the opportunity to learn how to perform and play one.

Perkumpulan Seni Singapura performing arts group will host a dance competition where participants are challenged to bring out the beauty of the Malay language through Malay dance.

In keeping with the tradition of Bulan Bahasa, Malay teachers awarded with the Arif Budaman Malay Language Teacher’s Award have compiled six Malaysian notebooks.

Containing notes and advice on culture, food and linguistic expressions, the six notebooks will be given to all schools and partners of the Bulan Bahasa program.

Ms. Rahayu Mahzam, Chair of this year’s Bulan Bahasa Committee, said, “We recognize that Singapore families are comfortably bilingual and that the Malay language continues to be actively spoken at home, between generations and among families and the friends.

“As a means of communication and kinship language, it is a way for us to stay connected to each other and to our heritage,” added Ms. Rahayu, who is also Parliamentary Secretary for Communications and Information and health.

For more information on Bulan Bahasa and its activities, visit https://mbms.sg

Syarafana Shafeeq