SHAH ALAM – Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah (pic) has ordered that all road signage in Shah Alam that have writing in Chinese be removed and replaced with signage in only one language, that is Bahasa Melayu.
The decree by the Sultan of Selangor was conveyed in a letter by his private secretary Datuk Mohamad Munir Bani to State Secretary Datuk Mohd Amin Ahmad Ahya.
“The operation to change these signages must be carried out immediately and completed before the Selangor Sultan’s 73 birthday celebration on Dec 11,” said the letter dated Nov 19 which was sighted by Bernama.
The decree is believed to have been issued in the wake of media reports that several road signages in Shah Alam which before used Bahasa Melayu and the Jawi script were changed to Bahasa Melayu and Chinese.
A Twitter post by a Shah Alam resident who complained about road signage with Chinese writing 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 Jan 13, 2017 had decided on bilingual signage apart from the romanised version.
According to MBSA, those for traditional villages would be in Bahasa Melayu and Jawi while for new villages Chinese was more suitable because most of the residents were from the community.