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Learning the Malay Language Given a Boost in the Deep South

October 19, 2013 Destination Thailand No Comments Email Email

The Southern Border Provinces Administrative Center has promoted the use and learning of the Malay language for communication in the southern border provinces.
13288120322pIt has also supported the opening of the Malayu Thailand Language Institute in the deep South in response to the Government’s policy of promoting peaceful coexistence in a multicultural society in the deep South.

The Secretary-General of the Southern Border Provinces Administrative Center, Police Colonel Tawee Sodsong, said that the Thai government attaches importance to education in Malay toward ASEAN, since around 200 million ASEAN citizens, especially those in Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, and Malaysia, are Muslim. Muslims of Malay descent are concentrated in Pattani, Yala, Narathiwat, Satun, and some districts of Songkhla, and they speak the Malay language.

Apart from promoting learning in the Thai, Malay, and local Malay languages, the Government is also promoting the learning of other foreign languages at all education levels, in preparation for the ASEAN Community 2015.

As for the Malayu Thailand Language Institute, Police Colonel Tawee said that the project has received good cooperation from Brunei, Indonesian, and Malaysian language institutes in laying foundations for the management and education system of the Malayu Thailand Language Institute.

The Southern Border Provinces Administrative Center expects that the Malayu Thailand Language Institute will help provide greater opportunities for development in this region. It believes that the institute will also create networks with other language institutes in ASEAN and will be recognized in both Thailand and other countries.

In other related news, Police Colonel Tawee said that the Southern Border Provinces Administrative Centre had opened a new office in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to assist Thai restaurant owners and workers there. The new office is a cooperative effort between the center and the Royal Thai Embassy in Kuala Lumpur to improve the standards of Thai restaurants in Malaysia.

A number of Muslim Thais from the five southernmost provinces and other parts of Thailand operate 5,000-6,000 restaurants in all Malaysian states. At least 120,000 Thais are working in these restaurants.

The new office, located in the Kampung Baru area, serves as a learning center to provide training in Thai cooking and the Thai language for Thai workers and the children of Thai restaurant operators. Resource persons from the National Food Institute of Thailand, the Department of Skill Development, and the Ministry of Commerce will be invited to help enhance the potential of Thai restaurant operators in Malaysia.

The Southern Border Provinces Administrative Center believes that the opening of the center will provide opportunities for entrepreneurs in the southern border provinces to export more Thai products to Malaysia, as well.

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