National Language Act 1963/67

The National Language Act 1963/67 (Malay: Akta Bahasa Kebangsaan 1963/67), is a Malaysian laws which enacted to consolidate the law relating to the use of the national language.

National Language Act 1963/67
Parliament of Malaysia
CitationAct 32
Territorial extentThroughout Malaysia
Enacted byDewan Rakyat
Passed11 March 1963
Enacted1963 (Act No. 10 of 1963); and 1967 (Act No. 7 of 1967)
Consolidated and revised: 1971 (Act 32 w.e.f. 1 July 1971)
Enacted byDewan Negara
Passed15 March 1963
EffectivePeninsular Malaysia–sections 9 to 11–11 April 1963, Act 10 of 1963;
Remainder–1 September 1967, Act 7 of 1967
Legislative history
Bill introduced in the Dewan RakyatNational Language Bill 1963
Introduced byAbdul Razak Hussein, Deputy Prime Minister
First reading28 November 1962
Second reading11 March 1963
Third reading11 March 1963
Bill introduced in the Dewan NegaraNational Language Bill 1963
Introduced byMohamed Ismail Mohamed Yusof, Assistant Minister of Information and Broadcasting
First reading15 March 1963
Second reading15 March 1963
Third reading15 March 1963
Amended by
National Language (Amendment and Extension) Act 1983 [Act A554]
National Language (Amendment) Act 1990 [Act A765]
Constitution (Amendment) Act 1994 [Act A885]
National Language (Amendment) Act 1994 [Act A901]
National language
Status: In force


The National Language Act 1963/67, in its current form (1 January 2006), consists of 11 sections and no schedule (including 4 amendments), without separate Part.

  • Section 1: Short title, application and commencement
  • Section 2: National language to be used for official purposes
  • Section 3: Use of translation
  • Section 4: Continued use of English may be permitted
  • Section 5: Use of English language may be permitted in Parliament and Legislative Assembly
  • Section 6: Authoritative text of laws
  • Section 7: Written laws enacted prior to 1 September 1967
  • Section 8: Language of Courts
  • Section 9: Script of national language
  • Section 10: Form of numerals
  • Section 11: Forms


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