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UNIMAS-DBP : Signature of MoU initiates approach language documentation and preservation
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KOTA SAMARAHAN, 9 August 2017: The signing ceremony of the Memorandum of Understanding ( MoU) between Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS) and Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka (DBP) was held today at Kuching.

This MoU recognizes the potential value of such synergistic collaborations in utilizing expertise and data collected by both parties to support language documentation and preservation in this region.

The agreement highlight the common approach to increase strategic focus and cooperation between UNIMAS and DBP in planning long-term research projects and publication of books documenting the language and literature of different communities in Sarawak.

Almost all native languages and dialects of Sarawak (and Borneo) are spoken languages.

Therefore, the documentation of these endangered and smaller languages is an especially important and urgent task in preserving some of the wealth that these languages possess which otherwise will soon be gone forever.

The signing helps to defines the frame for future cooperation between the two parties in particular areas such as research, publication, training, academic program - Doctor of Philosophy and Master’s Degree, executive development program and other areas to be agreed upon later.

The MoU signed by UNIMAS Vice Chancellor, Professor Dato’ Dr Mohamad Kadim bin Suaidi and Dean, Faculty of Language and Communication UNIMAS, Professor Dr Ambigapathy a/l Pandian while DBP represented by DBP Director-General, Datuk Haji Abdul Adzis bin Abas and Deputy Director-General (Policy), Datuk Haji Abang Sallehuddin bin Abg Shokeran.

Article by : Sarena Haidir

Photo by : Azlandy M.A.T