50th Anniversary of Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka
(22 June 2006)
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On 22nd June 2006, Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka (DBP)
celebrates its 50th anniversary. Since its inception half a century
ago, DBP has always been regarded as the pillar of success in the
development of the Malay language. During that period, from Bukit
Timbalan, Johor Bahru, to Jalan Young, Kuala Lumpur, and today at
Jalan Dewan Bahasa, DBP has successfully overcame various challenges
and obstacles in carrying its responsibility in overseeing the
development of the Malay language as the national and official
language of the nation - the language that gives a sense of pride and
identity to the colorful multiethnic and multicultural society of
DBP was established on 22nd June 1956 in Johor Bahru
as a department under the Ministry of Education. Its establishment was
aimed at developing the Malay language as the national and official
language as the nation was moving towards independence. The following
year it was relocated to Jalan Young before moving to Jalan Lapangan
Terbang Lama five years later. Today, DBP operates from a 33 storey
building at Jalan Dewan Bahasa (formerly Jalan Lapangan Terbang Lama).
Besides its headquarters in Kuala Lumpur, DBP now has branches and
regional offices in Kota Kinabalu, Kuching, Kota Bharu, Bukit Mertajam
and Johor Bahru to help in the plans to develop the Malay language and
literature in the various regions.
The mural on the facade of the Dewan Bahasa dan
Pustaka's Balai Budaya Tun Syed Nasir symbolizes the unity of the
Malaysian people who espouse the sentiment "Language is the Soul of
the Nation" amidst the development of culture, education, economy,
science and technology, expressed through one language, which is also
the country's sole official language. The mural was composed by Ismail
Mustam, a artist who was once a staff of the organization, in 1961.
The logo of Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka (DBP) comprises
four elements - the palmyra palm found set in the center symbolizes
the writing of the old while the bracken or large fern leaf represents
the instrument used to write on it the book and nib at the base of the
Palmyra leaf symbolizes the publishing and writing activities of more
recent times. These four elements symbolize the responsibilities of
DBP as a body that develops the Malay language, literature and
knowledge through writing and publishing. The logo was drawn in 1957
by Hoessien Enas.
The design of the RM1.00 stamp reflects the recent
progress of Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka in the era information and
communication technology in the publishing industry.
|Date of Issue
||22 Jun 2006
||50 sen, RM1
||40 mm X 30 mm