Malaysian Sign Language

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A language of Malaysia

Alternate Names
Bahasa Isyarat Malaysia
Population

24,000.

Location

Peninsular.

Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Variations found in every state, but are mutually intelligible with the possible exception of some places in Terengganu state. The status of the sign language in Terengganu is not yet clear.

Language Use

Under development by Ministry of Education since 1978. Used in government programs. Used by most deaf in Malaysia, especially those who have gone to school. All ages. Positive attitudes. L2 is written language only, unless the deaf person has partial hearing.

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 0%. Literacy rate in L2: 40%–50% in Malay; 30%–40% in English. Dictionary.
Writing
Unwritten.