Proceedings of the International Conference on Culture and Language in Southeast Asia (ICCLAS 2017)

Volksraad: Malay Language (Indonesian) as a Means of Political Strategy of National Fraction

Nazirwan Rohmadi, Muhammad Akhyar, Mr Warto
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Volksraad; Malay Language; and National Faction
History of Indonesia does not reveal many struggles made by the cooperative people in the legislative institution, namely Volksraad. Some members of the Volksraad since 1921 had used Indonesian language as a means of their political struggle. Historical method with discourse analysis approach was used in this research. The historical method has several stages, namely heuristic, critic, analysis, and historiography. Based on the research that had been done, it can be concluded that the use of Malay language as a means of political struggle has a goal to eliminate racial discrimination in the Volksraad. The Malay language used by the National Faction was as affiliation form to the Indonesian who represented by the National Fraction. It was a step to strengthen the political position of the National Faction itself and to show to the Dutch East Indies government that the group was a legitimate representative of the Indonesian. Therefore, the Indonesian language is a form of national identity and as a means to unite nation that must be maintained and should be introduced to the world. This research aims to introduce to the world that politics of Malay Language (Indonesian) have a role to play in realizing the independence of Indonesia.
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  title={Volksraad: Malay Language (Indonesian) as a Means of Political Strategy of National Fraction},
  author={Rohmadi, Nazirwan and Akhyar, Muhammad and Warto, Mr},
  booktitle={International Conference on Culture and Language in Southeast Asia (ICCLAS 2017)},
  publisher={Atlantis Press}
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