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Residents obliged to speak Javanese to preserve culture

  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Mon, May 21 2012   /  08:00 am

Residents of Central Java will be obliged to spend at least one day a week speaking Javanese in official business.

The regulation was announced following approval by the provincial legislative council of bylaw No. 17/2012 on Javanese language, literature and script. The bylaw will become effective next year.

Provincial councilor Muhammad Zain said that the obligation to speak Javanese one a day a week was a way of preserving the language.

“Among other things, the bylaw stipulates the use of Javanese as the language of communication within both government and private institutions,” Zain said in Semarang over the weekend.

The bylaw, which comprises 12 articles, stipulates that Javanese is a regional language spoken by the Javanese community and others, with several variants and dialects, as a means of expression, appreciation and communication.

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