Friday, February 22, 2008

Vote BN for Jawi Signs!

"Vijaya Kumar A/L Patmanathan" vijayakumar.p@my.panasonic.com

Aiya, 99% of the Malays in Malaysia can't read lah DBKL, 99% of your staff cant read either, why spend so much money, so stupid lah you people in DBKL, Dewan Bodoh Kuala Lumpur.

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Dr Tan: Why spend RM72,000 on Jawi road signs?


by Fauwaz Abdul Aziz

It was a major blow for the residents of Kepong, majority of whom are Chinese, when the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) ignored their protests and renamed 73 of their streets and roads after places in Sarawak .

And to make it worse, DBKL soon followed up their action by replacing the new road signs with ones that contained - above the romanised lettering - their equivalents in the Arabic script Jawi.

The move followed a similar one in another suburb of the city, Taman Seputeh. Bandar Tun Razak reportedly is also experienced the same thing.

The question on the mind of Kepong residents is why the City Hall took such action when they area, like Taman Seputeh, predominantly Chinese residents.

Blasting the move today, Kepong member of Parliament Dr Tan Seng Giaw said it made little sense as a large number of Malays themselves - let alone non-Malays - have trouble reading Jawi.

He added that it also smacked of insensitivity on the part of the authorities at a time when fears of the ‘Islamisation’ process and its effects on civil liberties was taking place in the public sphere, said the DAP national deputy chairperson.

“It’s totally unacceptable. Don’t they know the implications of their actions?” he asked during a press conference in Kepong this morning.

Jawi is only the Malay language written in the Arabic script and is not in itself sacred as to obligate the authorities in any way to carry out such a move, he added.

“You’re raising doubts among people about the religion when Jawi doesn’t have anything to do with the religion,” said Tan.

Millions wasted

According to a Feb 4 report in the Star regarding the change of road signs in Taman Seputeh, DBKL defended the move as being in line with the government’s Islam Hadhari concept. It would also encourage Middle East tourists to visit the city, said City Hall.

Tan also raised the question as to how much money was involved in the whole re-naming exercise.

“I have been told that each name-change (of a road sign) costs RM5. If 73 roads have been renamed, that comes up to RM36,500 spent. But they’ve changed it twice, which makes it RM72,000,” he said.

If DBKL planned on doing this for the whole city, it could come up to millions, he added.

Tan, who can read and write in Jawi due to his education in Kelantan, said he would be writing to DBKL mayor Abdul Hakim Borhan - in Jawi - on the matter.

On other matters, Tan asked when the authorities were going to complete the Jinjang flood mitigation project.

According to the incumbent MP, the project cost RM805 million and was supposed to have been completed by the end of 2006. As of today, however, works was still on-going and causing considerable traffic congestion in Kepong, he said.

He also raised the issue of when DBKL was going to finalise its local agenda policy as promised when its Kuala Lumpur Structural Plan 2020 guidelines was gazetted more than three years ago on Nov 4, 2004.

MP since 1982

Tan has been the parliamentarian for Kepong since 1982. He will be contesting once again in the seat in the coming general election on March 8.

Segambut MP Dr Tan Kee Kwong, from Gerakan, is expected to switch over the Kepong this time around in an attempt by the BN to wrestle the seat from DAP’s clutches.

In 2004, Tan defeated Gerakan’s Ma Woei Chyi with a 1,854-vote majority.

There are about 45,000 voters in Kepong, with Chinese making up 91 percent of the voters. Of the rest, the Malays make 3.50 percent and Indians about 5.2 percent.


* NYMHM: Probable source from Malayskini.

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