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While I agree that Malaysia can and should do things to improve the strength of our national language, people need to understand that Indonesia and Malaysia have different usages of English.

Here's a short thread from an English linguistics student!
Although English is a widely used language around the world, different countries hold English on different levels, thus creating terms such as ESL (English as a Second Language) and EFL (English as a Foreign Language) and establishing what is called "World Englishes".
Then comes the creation of Kachru's Three Circle of English which includes the Inner Circle, Outer Circle, and Expanding Circle.

Note how Malaysia is in the Outer Circle whereas Indonesia is in the Expanding Circle.
What the Kachru's Three Circle of English portrays is the significance and role of English in countries around the world, whether it is used as a Native, Second, or Foreign language.
Malaysia is in the Outer Circle, which means that we use English as a Second Language (not to be taken literally).

English was historically spread in the Outer Circle countries from the invasion of the British in Asia. It became, for a moment, the lingua franca.
Having English as a second language also means that it is used in offical situations and documents in the country are provided in English (besides in the national language).

This is why our jurisdiction, legislature, and even education are English-oriented.
Now what about Indonesia? As you can see, it is part of the Expanding Circle. Hence, they use English as a Foreign Language.

This is different than the Outer Circle's usage of English.
Countries in the Expanding Circle are countries where English did not play a historical or formal role. They were not forced into learning by the Native Speakers and it didn't become the lingua franca of the countries.
However, these countries still use English as a medium of informal communication and some still learn it in school. They use English as more of a business and international relations strategy than normalising it in their society.
Other countries like Indonesia are Japan, Korea, China, Italy, Brazil, etc.

The Expanding Circle is the biggest and most vague English Circle as of now since English is still spreading across the world.
Thus, the reason why Malaysia still uses English country-wide while Indonesia uses Bahasa Indonesia.

But do note how even in Bahasa Indonesia, the influence of English is still there with the borrowing of English words, either morphologically or semantically.
Underlined are the borrowed words from English. In fact, the ENTIRE last line is borrowed from English. Why Foto, not Gambar?

I'm sure there are better ways to translate it to Bahasa Indonesia. Perhaps @danieleskay can look into it.
This isn't to say Indonesians are bad at or can't speak English! As stated above, they still use English in informal communication and in schools so those who are interested in it will most probably be good in the language.

It is only in terms of formality that we are different
Here's a good read to get the gist of where English is in Indonesian society. Perhaps an Indonesian English major can give their input as well!…
That is all for me. If anyone would like to add their input with more research papers and such feel free!

That is all from me. Terima kasih! 🌺✊
Answered a question regarding why Singapore is in the Outer Circle even though English is their national language:

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Another update because many have replied to me regarding the "Why Foto not Gambar" question:

#TIL that the older generation of Indonesians had to learn Dutch as older Malaysians were forced to learn English, hence why they have many words borrowed from Dutch!

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