Translators Associations Asia Pacific: ITNM

Elevating the standards of Malaysia's translation industry

Translators Association Asia Pacific: ITNMThe Institute Terjemahan Negara Malaysia (ITNM) was established by the government of that Asian country on the 14th September 1993. Its main aim was to elevate the standards of the translation industry in Malaysia. This translators association deals with all matters that relate to translation and interpreting. It also intends to stimulate efforts of “transferring information ar all levels”, both nationally and worldwide.

The ITNM is a limited company whose share capital is entirely detained by the Ministry of Finance. Its administration is managed by the Ministry of Education. The Malaysian translation association is “guided by the corporate philosophy of creating a scientific and progressive society, striving to enrich the repository of knowledge and promoting the competitiveness of the nation in regional economics”.

From the beginning, a philosophy has been adopted by this association. The ITNM is an organisation that provides translation services concerning books, general documents, information, computer software and other contents from several international languages to Malay and other idioms.

Other than that, it is a interpreting centre for local and international clients.

The ITNM promotes “the method, technique and art of translation, interpreting and information exchange in various languages”. It is a centre of human resource development, committed to training and enhancing translators’ skills, as well as editors’, interpreters’ and other language professionals’. Hopefully, this will fulfil the country’s needs for language services.

The Malaysian association is also a reference centre that establishes standards and assures quality services for translation, interpretation and information exchange in Malaysia.

ITNM’s mission is “to overcome barriers in the dissemination of knowledge through quality translation for a developed society” consistent with Vision 2020, the global initiative for the elimination of avoidable blindness, a joint programme of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) with an international membership of NGOs, professional associations, eye care institutions and corporations.

Other than that, the ITNM wishes to enrich the repository of knowledge in Malay, as in the cultural, scientific and technological aspects that belong to Malaysians, their thinking through quality translation. The association intends to internationalise works that are national at present, and to do so “continuously through translation to produce works recognized worldwide”.

As a vision, ITNM’s eyes are set on being the leading translation organisation in Malaysia.

Adding to the philosophy, the mission of vision, the ITNM defined a set of objectives to be accomplished. It wishes “to provide translation services in multiple languages”, as well as to strengthen both nationally and internationally interpreting services. It also wants to enhance infrastructures and to promote the sustainability of industries concerning translation and interpretation.

One of ITNM’s main wishes is to contribute towards the increasing publication (and translation) of quality informative materials in Malay. On the other hand, it wishes to increase translations and publishing of prominent local works in foreign languages.

There is also a desire to “all endeavours of the government and interested parties to uphold the Malay language and strengthen command of the English language through the translation industry”.

“Simplifying your communication”

That’s what ITNM’s translation services propose to do. According to the Malaysian organisation, they “provide quality translation services, besides guaranteeing that each task is handled diligently”, which comes as a result of the team’s dedication and experience in “handling all sorts of documents quickly and accurately”.

Their team is comprised of experienced translators, “the best editors and thorough proofreaders”.

Other than translation, ITNM offers its services in interpreting. Its team of skilled and professionally trained professionals can “handle almost all major languages in the world”. Assignments accepted include multilingual events, business and diplomatic escort interpreting.

ITNM can also provide with editing, training and subtitling services.

Keep in mind that Malay is a language of the Austronesian family. It is the national language of Malaysia (as Malaysian), Indonesia (as Indonesian) and Brunei, and one of four official languages of Singapore. It is spoken natively by 40 million people.

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