Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Parliament: Motion to discuss multilingual signs rejected

Updated: Tuesday November 4, 2008 MYT 2:58:36 PM
Parliament: Motion to discuss multilingual signs rejected

KUALA LUMPUR: The House rejected a motion by Datuk Ibrahim Ali (Independent-Pasir Mas) to discuss the Penang Government’s decision to install roadsigns in various languages.

Ibrahim said the Penang state authorities had contravened Article 152 and 153 of the Constitution by ignoring the status of Bahasa Melayu as the official national language of the country.

“The national language should be used in street names, which reflect the country’s sovereignty.

“The use of many types of languages on roadsigns will create confusion.

“The Penang Government’s actions has insulted the status of the national language as stated in the Constitution and I urge the House to discuss this serious matter,” he added.

Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia said although the matter was specific and of public interest, he rejected the motion under Article 18(2) of the Standing Orders.

It was reported that the Penang Government would put up roadsigns in different languages at its World Heritage enclaves by December.


seals: how about the usage of Jawi in Selangor and Johor? So UMNO buat semua ok, DAP buat semua salah?

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