The effort to foster nationalism in Indonesia through national identity is a political and cultural process that involves linguistic aspects. The youth movement uses a politized and ideologized language to construct and thereby to imagine an Indonesian nation by making Malay-based Indonesian language a unifying force. After Indonesia obtained its independence and after Indonesian nation-state was established, Indonesian language is now recognized as an official language. The government took the initiative to standardize and to modernize Indonesian language by making a national policy for that language, this being done both to encourage national loyalty to the language and to forestall an imminent danger of English language imperialism. However, laws on language have given rise to controversies, while the language itself is now running another risk of losing its character through the way people use it.
Penerbit : MASYARAKAT INDONESIA Edisi XXXIV No. 2, 2008