Really mate, not in Manglish, please ....

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  • Sunday, 30 Jul 2017

GEORGE TOWN: A prankster’s sticker at a pedestrian crossing at Light Street has triggered much amusement over its use of “Manglish”.

The sticker says “press once can already”, and a photo of it uploaded on Facebook generated a flood of comments in Malaysian English.

“I was very amused so I took a snapshot of it. I have many friends who are teachers and I wanted to share it with them,” said Lucille Dass, an English expert and The Star-NiE freelance trainer who uploaded the photo on her Facebook page.

The ‘Press Once Can Already’ sticker at a traffic crossing along Light Street, which has since been removed, Penang.Pic:Others/29 July 2017
Before and after: The ‘Press Once Can Already’ sticker (top picture) that was seen at a traffic crossing along Light Street, Penang. The sticker has been removed by MBPP 

Before and after: The ‘Press Once Can Already’ sticker (top picture) that was seen at a traffic crossing along Light Street, Penang. The sticker has been removed by MBPP.

Lucille said while standard English should be “just press once”, the phrase on the sticker was translated from colloquial Malay, “tekan sekali dah cukup” or even Hokkien.

She added that her post let loose a flood of Malaysian English expressions from those commenting on her post, including her former lecturer colleagues and teachers.

“There’s definitely a place for Manglish.

“It’s so much part of our culture and a bonding factor, but as I always tell teachers, the classroom is not the place for Manglish because teachers are role models.

“Posting it at a traffic crossing is definitely mischief-making by a prankster,” she said.

Universiti Sains Malaysia English Language Section lecturer Oon Sok Imm also agreed that “press once can already” is too colloquial.

When contacted, Penang Island City Council (MBPP) Infrastructure and Traffic Committee alternate chairman Muhammad Bakhtiar Wan Chik said putting up the sticker was an act of vandalism.

“It is a form of vandalism by someone who probably thinks it is funny. Normally, road signs put up by the council are in Malay.

“We removed the sticker the same day the issue was highlighted on Facebook,” he said.

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