KUANTAN: Firm action will be taken against business premises owners in Pahang who do not use Jawi script on their signboards from today, says state Local Government and Housing Committee chairman Abd Rahim Muda.
The one-year period given was adequate for all concerned to take appropriate steps to put up signage in Jawi, he said.
“In fact, the time given has been extended. According to the early directive, it was supposed to be enforced on Jan 1,2019, before we pushed it to June 30.
“The deadline was again extended to Dec 31. There is no excuse for anyone not to comply with it, ” he told a media conference here yesterday.
Abd Rahim announced that the use of the Jawi script was also in line with the order of Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah, the Sultan of Pahang, for the writing to be empowered in the state.
Those who disobeyed the order could be fined up to RM250 and if they persisted, they might have their business licence revoked, Abd Rahim added.
On the response of premises owners towards the directive, he said the local authorities found that about 70% of them had complied.
“But some of them did not comply with the stipulated specifications and used small Jawi alphabets instead. They also placed the Jawi writing at the bottom instead of at the top.
“We hope they will follow the specifications given so that the Jawi writing is easily seen, ” he said.
Pahang had previously decided that all business premises and road signs in the state must use Jawi writing with the condition that the script was equal in size to Roman letters.
Abd Rahim said the usage of Jawi writing did not mean premises owners had to put up new business signboards; they merely had to stick the Jawi words on the existing signboards. — Bernama