KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 19 — Shah Alam’s road signs in Chinese language must be removed and replaced with the national language (Malay language) immediately before the birthday of the Selangor Sultan Sharafuddin Idris.
The ruler’s private secretary Datuk Mohamad Munir Bani has sent today a decree to Selangor government urging for the removal of all road signs that feature Chinese Characters in Shah Alam before the ruler’s birthday.
“The operations to change these road signs have to be done immediately and be completed at the latest before the Selangor Sultan’s 73rd birthday, that is on December 11, 2018,” a copy of the letter said.
The letter comes after a recent controversy over road signs in Shah Alam that had featured both the Malay language and Chinese characters, the local media said.
Yesterday, local daily Sinar Harian reported Malaysian National Writers Association (PENA) president Mohamad Saleeh Rahamad saying that changing road signs written in Jawi script to other languages such as Chinese and Tamil was “rude”, and that it attempts to remove Malay heritage.