By Chew Lip Song
SARAWAK DAP Socialist Youth (Dapsy) Chief Julian Tan, who led an effort yesterday to put up Chinese names on several road signs in and around Kuching said the initiative was done with good intention.
The former Stampin MP said the effort should not be regarded as vandalism but merely to restore the signs to what they used to be, the Borneo Post reported.
“Main Bazaar is a historic and iconic place, and a tourism spot. The dual language road signs were there and then they were gone.
“What Dapsy Sarawak did was restore those road signs. The road sign issue has been there and SUPP (Sarawak United Peoples’ Party) knew about it.
“SUPP president (Dato Sri) Dr Sim (Kui Hian), who is a Chinese minister (of Local Government and Housing) in the state cabinet, knew about the issue and they did nothing about it,” he said when contacted by The Borneo Post here today.
Tan said the state Dapsy would not take down the affixed Chinese characters unless there was an order of such sort from the authorities.
He insisted that what Dapsy Sarawak did was out of good intentions — to restore what the city centre used to have.
Tan had also referred to a 2015 news report when the late CM Tan Sri Adenan Satem supported DBKU’s effort in putting up bilingual road signs in the city centre.
The DAP leader noted that Dr Sim had said that those bilingual road signs put the city back to what it used to have.
“Dr Sim even said that it was reflective of the state’s racial harmony and that multilingual road sign was one of the traditions that the state has,” Tan said.
Tan reiterated that the state Dapsy affixed Chinese characters to those road signs “with good intentions”.
Meanwhile, Padungan assemblyman Wong King Wei, who is also ex-Sarawak Dapsy head hoped that the authorities would not take action against Tan on this issue.
Although he disagreed with the effort to affix Chinese names to the road signs, Wong, who left DAP recently believed there was no ill intent on the part of Sarawak Dapsy.
“Even though I do not condone what the state Dapsy has done, I also do not agree with Assistant Minister in the Chief Minister’s Department (Islamic Affairs and DBKU) Datuk Dr Abdul Rahman Junaidi, who said that it was an act of vandalism,” he said in a statement reported in Borneo Post today.