Multi language road signs against Article 152'

Multi language road signs against Article 152’

SEREMBAN: Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka (DBP) said the Penang government must respect Article 152 of the Federal Constitution when displaying additional languages on road signs in George Town.
DBP acting director-general Kamarul Zaman Shahrudin said the DAP-led government’s decision to allow additional languages such as Jawi, Tamil and Mandarin to be displayed on road signs was disrespectful to Article 152, which states that Bahasa Malaysia is the national and official language to be used.

"From DBP’s view, the current two languages being used, mainly Bahasa Malaysia and English, are good enough for Malaysians and foreign tourists to understand.

“The Penang government is disrespecting the Federal Constitution and their action could confuse the public because too many languages are being displayed, and making the fonts smaller,” he said at the launch of the national-level Hari Semarak Bahasa in conjunction with the National Language and Literature Month here yesterday.

He said although DBP was often consulted on the use of language on signs boards, the Penang government did not seek its assistance before proceeding with the move.
“In view of this, we will arrange a meeting with them to make our stand on the matter.”

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