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Bahasa Indonesia: For unity or identity?

  • Zulfa Sakhiyya

Semarang | Sat, November 5 2011 | 02:28 pm

PREMIUM When observing the Youth Pledge every Oct. 28, the nation celebrates its founding fathers’ commitment to Bahasa Indonesia as the language of unity.

History has told us that before the Youth Pledge some 83 years ago , the archipelago had no common language. Each of more than 300 ethnic groups spoke its own language. Thus, Bahasa Indonesia served as a lingua franca. Equally important, it w...