Malay Language Centre officially opens

SINGAPORE - The Malay Language Centre of Singapore officially opened its doors yesterday, in conjunction with the inaugural Malay Language Fest.

The centre provides in-service training for the professional development of Malay language teachers in Singapore.

Although it was launched in 2010, it moved to a new building only in July last year.

Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean, who officiated the opening, said about 3,000 teachers participate in its programmes every year.

The centre has also given 35 teachers a chance to deliver their research papers at a conference and has sent 16 teachers to overseas immersion programmes.

He added that such programmes and initiatives help to broaden and strengthen teachers' knowledge, which helps them to develop and uphold the Malay language, culture and identity.

Some 2,000 students, teachers and parents participated in activities and games at the Malay Language Fest yesterday.

The exhibition's booths were set up by 22 schools, from primary to junior college level, and included traditional Malay games.

This article was published on April 13 in The Straits Times.

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