SHAH ALAM — Nov. 19, 2018: Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah has ordered that all road signs here that also have Chinese characters be removed and replaced with those only in Bahasa Melayu.
The decree by the sultan was conveyed in a letter from his private secretary Datuk Mohamad Munir Bani to State Secretary Datuk Mohd. Amin Ahmad Ahya.
The operation to change these signs must be carried out immediately and completed before the Sultan’s 73rd birthday celebrations on December 11, said the letter dated November 19.
The decree is believed to have been issued following media reports that several road signs here which before used Bahasa Melayu and the Jawi script were changed to Bahasa Melayu and Chinese.
A Twitter post by a resident who complained about this in his area went viral on social media.
The Shah Alam City Council, in responding to the complaint, informed that the state’s Permanent Committee on Local Government at its meeting on January 13 last year had decided on bilingual signs, apart from the romanised version.
According to council, those for traditional villages will be in Bahasa Melayu and Jawi while Chinese would be more suitable for new villages because the majority of the residents are Chinese. — Bernama