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KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia’s government announced on Friday that it was pushing forward on its efforts to boost the use of the Malay language in the country.

Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin said the Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka (DBP), the country’s body tasked with implementing and overseeing the National Language Policy, “should become the trustee or custodian of the Malay knowledge and literature treasures in the country.”

It comes as the government moves to boost the use of Malay in all local schools, including those predominantly in Chinese or Tamil, the two most prominent minority languages in the country.

“The DBP should step up strategic alliance and synergy with research centres and universities at home and abroad. The Malay language and literature research and development should be intensified.