By Chew Lip Song
AN ex-MP and several Sarawak DAP leaders pasted Chinese characters on various monolingual road signs in and around Kuching yesterday, saying the move was necessary particularly in places frequented by tourists.
Former Stampin MP Julian Tan who led the initiative said many areas in the city needed to have multilingual road signs (Bahasa Malaysia and Chinese) as they have a significant connection to Sarawak Chinese heritage.
“In areas near the Chinese History Museum at the Kuching Waterfront, for example, there is a need to have road signs in both BM and Chinese because we are expecting a lot of Chinese tourists to visit,” he was quoted as saying in a Borneo Psot report.
Head of Dapsy Kuching Dapne Ting and other members were also present.
Tan expressed his disappointment that the local authorities seemingly did not realise the importance of multilingual road signs.
Tan, who is also special assistant to Sarawak DAP chairman Chong Chieng Jen, added that Sarawak has long been a multicultural place for various groups of people to co-exist peacefully with each other and that this uniqueness should be reflected on things like road signs.
He also hoped that the Sarawak government would continue to promote multi-culturalism in the state, since its people were already very tolerant of each others’ culture for many years.
Earlier, DAP had chided Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian for not putting up enough signboards containing Chinese characters.