Recently, an announcement was made by Masagos Zulkifli, Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Education and Home Affairs, for the establishment of the Malay Language Centre of Singapore (MLCS) or 'Pusat Bahasa Melayu Singapura' at the 3rd Arif Budiman Lecture Series. This centre is to open in July 2010 and is to support training of in-service Malay language (ML) teachers. The aim of the initiative is to encourage teaching and learning of the Malay Language in the context of a more challenging and dynamic language environment, where more students are coming from households where English is the dominant home language.
The centre is to station at Bishan. It is to conduct training courses, workshops, seminars and professional sharing sessions for ML teachers. This is suppose to boost teachers' skills and knowledge in a variety of areas such as Malay grammar, Malay culture, teaching strategies, assessment techniques, and application of ICT. These will facilitate teachers in developing more creative and effective ML lessons.