—Language reflects the speakers of a community.
The characteristics and background of an individual or society
are assessed through the spoken word and forms of language.
There have been many studies conducted by scholars who study
foreign languages (particularly English and European
languages as spoken in the United States of America (USA),
Germany and Norway). The Chinese language has also been
assessed by a number of scholars. Many sexist elements have
been found in the Chinese language (in particular, in older
forms of the language.) Unfortunately, even many language
users agree that male terms sometimes fail to be gender-neutral
and may therefore be a cause of sex bias as well as a vestige of
past inequality, few studies have been conducted that serve to
highlight the sexist elements of the Malay language. In this
paper, proverbs with sexist elements will be discussed to prove
that the said elements do exist in Malay language.
—Gender-bias, malay language, malay proverbs,
Roksana Bibi binte Abdullah is with the National Institute of Education,
1, Nanyang Walk, 637616, Singapore (e-mail:
Cite: Roksana Bibi binte Abdullah, " Gender Bias in Malay Language," International Journal of Social Science and Humanity vol. 6, no. 6, pp. 456-461, 2016.