By Emma Victoria
KUCHING North City Commission (DKBU) has urged the state DAP Socialist Youth (Dapsy) to remove the Chinese characters added to some road signs in the city as it was done without approval from the commission.
Assistant Minister in the Chief Minister’s Department (Islamic Affairs and DBKU) Datuk Dr Abdul Rahman Junaidi also demanded that Dapsy issue a public apology, otherwise, they would leave the matter to the relevant authorities.
“We want them to remove the Chinese characters by themselves, otherwise, we leave it to the police for necessary action to be taken.
If they wish to have the Chinese characters to be installed to road signs, they are welcome to send in their request. But, they didn’t,” he told the reporters at a press conference today.
He said a police report has been lodged and the case is being investigated under Section 427 of the Penal Code for causing damage through acts of mischief.
Apart from that, Abdul Rahman said it is also an offence under Section 103 (3), Local Authorities Ordinance 1996, By-Law 22, Local Authorities (Cleanliness) By Law, 1999.
Meanwhile, Sarawak DAP chairman Chong Chieng Jen said their party member will cooperate with DBKU to resolve the issue.
“They (Dapsy) are prepared to face any consequences if they have violated any council by-laws,” he told reporters at the Kuching District Police headquarters.
He was present to lend support to Dapsy members who were called in by the police to record their statements at 3pm today, Borneo Post reported.
Chong who is also Stampin MP, said the issue had been blown up by a majority of West Malaysian netizens who saw the act from a racial perspective.
“Many of them (the netizens) do not understand the true situation in Sarawak whereby most of the road signs in major towns or cities are bilingual.
Bilingual road signs have always been in the state even even before the formation of Malaysia which is why it is actually an act of good intent to restore and preserve our multi-culturalism in Sarawak,” he said.
“So, I hope those from West Malaysia can see the multi-culturalism in Sarawak as an asset to the country,” said the Kota Sentosa assemblyman.