Tuaran Member of Parliament Datuk Wilfred Madius Tangau said this when launching the Language, Culture and Regional Malay Literature Educational Research Seminar at Dewan Hone, Kent Campus Teacher's Training Institute here, Tuesday.
He also said that that one can never separate a language from culture.
"There will be individuals who would know how to speak Malay but then they can never express their words in a figurative way. If a person wants to speak in English, then he must think in English but if a person wants to speak in Malay then he must think in Malay," he said.
Tangau commented that the government had also transformed the Malaysian education policy in terms of language usage in critical subjects especially Science and Mathematics.
According to him, in the past, there were a lot of debates involving the implementation of Teaching and Learning Science and Mathematics in English (PPSMI) which had since been abolished.
The implementation, he said, was due to the development of technology besides encouraging the use of English language in Science and Mathematics among students.
"However, the programme was abolished with the realisation of the importance of Malay language among all Malaysians," he said.
Later, Tangau congratulated the institute for being one of the five Malay Language Centres of Excellence throughout Malaysia, hoping they would remain committed to turning the district as a centre of excellence.
Kent Campus Teacher's Training Institute Director, Datuk Mary Teresa Kinajil said the seminar held from August 12 to 13 was part of their effort to share their experiences and research finding in terms of language, culture, literature and Malay education.
She also said that the seminar would help to increase the references for knowledgeable contents and pedagogue for the Malay language to be accessed to all through the 'Kent Language Journal'.
"Besides that, it is part of our effort in realising the Empowerment of Malay Language (MBM) through researches in Malay language," she said, adding that it would help them to publicise findings and innovations in the language field as well as the Malay language education.
There were a total of 19 research and paper presenters from Kent Campus Teacher's Training Institute, Batu Lintang Teacher's Training Institute, Kuala Lumpur Malay Language Teacher's Training Institute, Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris, Tanjong Malim, Perak (UPSI), Sultan Mizan Teachers Training Institute, Terengganu and others.
Later, there were 'Gurindam' presentations by two National Gurindam Competition champions, Esther and Umi Nqiah who are both students at Kent Campus Teacher's Training Institute.