Malaysian Language Policy Exchange
The Malaysian educational system has undergone a substantial complexity and challenges in its language policy and planning (LPP) after the post-independence period. Decisions and implementation involved in LPP require detailed analysis and consideration of the socio-cultural, historical and political factors during this period. This paper discussed the developments and changes in language policy that happened in Malaysia, from Bahasa Melayu to English. These include the issue on linguistic nationalism during the post-independence phase; the extensive codification in the corpus planning during the second half of the post-independence period; and a renewed definition on the conception on nationalism and the issue concerning the use of English as medium of instruction during the phase of internationalization. This paper also presents the definition of corpus and status planning and whether these three periods reflects corpus or status planning.