MALACCA: It would be compulsory for all local government, state and Federal departments and agencies in Malacca to display their names in the Jawi script besides Romanised Malay wordings. This will take effect by the end of the year.
“The objective is to value the Jawi scripts that were used by our forefathers,” state Housing, Local Government and Environment committee chairman Datuk Ismail Othman.
The private sector, however, could use their discretion to use the Jawi script or not, he added yesterday.
“But the local authorities will be tasked with checking on the proper use of Bahasa Malaysia in all signboards, both in the government departments and private sectors,” he said.
“Our aim of having correct usage of Bahasa Malaysia on signboards is to further promote the national language,” he said.
Ismail said the state government would set up linguist units in all local government councils to monitor and ensure the proper use of both the Jawi and Romanised Malay scripts on all signboards to avoid errors.
“And that includes blending with English wordings,” he said.
“For instance, there is a signboard in Malacca which reads Selamat Datang ke Tropical Garden,” he pointed out.
“This blending of two languages is confusing for both locals and tourists.”
On a related matter, Ismail said the state government would eliminate signboards that carried logos or symbols of liquor brands at coffee shops.
He said the local authorities would be directed to tighten the renewal condition of licences for coffee shops that carried such logos on their signboards.