Education Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak said both terms are accepted and applicable in all situations.
“The government is not rigid about this. Although in the constitution the term Bahasa Melayu is used, in certain situations, the use of the term Bahasa Malaysia is allowed.
“We do not want to go into a debate on semantics. On the government's part, we are being pragmatic by accepting both. This is not an issue to be exaggerated,” he said.
Najib was commenting on a report in The Sun yesterday that Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka (DBP) has refused to publish a book because the writers have used the term Bahasa Malaysia in the preface of their work. [READ HERE]
He said in a multi-racial community, it is easier to accept “Bahasa Malaysia” since it reflects that the language belongs to the different races too.