Kuching City Hall to maintain national language for road signs

  • Nation
  • Thursday, 27 Aug 2020

KUCHING: The Kuching North City Hall (DBKU) will maintain its current policy of using only the national language on road signs in its jurisdiction.

DBKU mayor Datuk Junaidi Reduan said the decision was made at a full council meeting on Monday (Aug 24), following a request from Sarawak DAP Youth (Dapsy) for three road signs to be in both Bahasa Malaysia and Chinese.

"The stand of DBKU is to maintain the current policy of one language, that is the national language, for the time being," he told reporters after the launch of CCTV for India Street and Jalan Courthouse here on Thursday (Aug 27).

Asked about Sarawak Dapsy's claim that the late chief minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem had given a directive for bilingual road signs, Junaidi said he was not aware of this.

"As far as I'm concerned, I've seen the policy decision which is only one language, that's the national language," he said.

Kuching Dapsy chief Ting Ying Ying and former Stampin MP Julian Tan had submitted a request to DBKU on Monday to "restore" bilingual road signs for Jalan Main Bazaar, Lebuh Wayang and Jalan Green Hill.

This came after members of Sarawak Dapsy led by Tan took matters into their own hands to paste Chinese characters on the three road signs last Thursday (Aug 20).

Their action was criticised by various parties as vandalism and a violation of local laws.

They later removed the Chinese characters after being directed by DBKU to do so.

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