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Edith Coliver, an Asian specialist, points out the impossible linguistic chaos there::

"One of the former Education Secretaries of the Philippines, O.D. Corpuz, in decrying the languages problems of his country as well as those of India, pointed to Indonesia as having solved its language diversity problem by chosen a minority language, Bahasa as its national language. In this manner none of the inhabitants of that huge group of Islands, could complain of "cultural imperialism" in having to adopt one of the major languages."

1My comment: We must ask Don Emmerson how well Bahasa is accepted. In general, I do not think chosing a minority language is a solution.

Ronald Hilton - 9/22/00