In Malaysia, the national language is Bahasa Malaysia, or Malay. While English is the official second language, there is wide use of other languages like Cantonese, Hokkien and Tamil. As the constitution allows for schools to operate based on different languages, one will find that in Malaysia, the spoken language tend to be a mixed of several languages. This uniqueness is cherished by Malaysians as movies and plays regularly portray mixed languages.
However, the problem arise in an academic environment. Many teachers and lecturers have expressed dissatisfaction with the level of language mastery shown by students particularly in writing examinations. Although in non language examinations, lecturers do not penalize language deficiency among students, many lecturers have come out blaming the rise of internet that is cause of students language decline.
A study done by Amaniz Management Sdn Bhd have shown that 83% of University students no longer use dictionaries because they find it troublesome to look up a thick book, and heavy to carry it around. With this insight, software development companies have embarked on a rush to create the best dictionary solution for students. One of the better known brand is Besta, which is an electronic device similar to a hand phone, that students can carry around and find meaning of words whenever they stumble upon words they are not familiar with.
The problem with Besta is that many students find it a problem to carry around another gadget in addition to their hand phones and house keys. Therefore, after purchasing this device, many seem to leave it at home and, after awhile stop using it altogether.
The evolution to this is the e-Kamus software. The same study by Amaniz Management also showed that University students spend 90% of their research for their coursework on their computers. Therefore, the e-Kamus solution was developed so that students can simply install the software into their computers, and at the time they need it the most, they can simply click on the application to use it.
The e-Kamus like Carikata e-Kamus have also included additional features to the application, for example, the Malay to English translation function as well as the Malay spell checker function to make it a comprehensive language application software.
e-Kamus seems to be the way of the future for Malaysians right now, and parents are now discarding their old dictionaries in place of their new e-Kamus for their children. Distributors of Carikata e-Kamus have reported many positive reactions by people in the academia towards their acceptance to the new solution to the language woes of Malaysian students.