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    New Road Signs in Tamil, Chinese and English?

    Got this from an email. Looks like YB Teresa Kok of Taman Seputeh.




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    Now, for 50 years, why NONE of our MCA or MIC or UMNO ever thought of that?

    Thank you Yang Berhormat. You love your people and your people love you back.

    Those who love themselves and their own pocket, I am sure the people will hate you!
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    We have indeed, voted the real "MALAYSIA".

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    Wah, so fast got down to work. I hope the rest have started "rolling up their sleeves" to see how the can improve their constituencies.

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    GE 2008 - P 122 Seputeh

    1. DAP Teresa Kok = 47,230
    2. BN Carol Chew = 10,738

    Majority = 36,492 (Record !!!)

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    An amazing majority... and this is what Muhibbah is all about. Bravo!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by pepsi
    Wah, so fast got down to work. I hope the rest have started "rolling up their sleeves" to see how the can improve their constituencies.
    actually, she installed the signs last month, before the election was called...

    And they arent actually approved by the DBKL...but I dont mind..>>Good for you Theresa!

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    Way to go Theresa, hope many who also got elected work fast and become effective as well..Its now the time to proof that you all can carry out the promises made before the election.

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    actually this is a small thing she had done,

    but the idea is good, its prove that we are multi races.

    it is still a long way for her to prove herself, cause the main concern of residence is income, safety and education.

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    I think the Bahasa Malaysia for the road sign is enough already. No point spending extra money just to show that you are multi-racial.

    As for tourist, even though the Bahasa Malaysia sounds alien to them, what they need to do is to remember the aphabets and compare to whatever travel guide that they have, that should be good enough. It gives them more excitement hunting down the streets names.

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    Yes, I think road names are more symbolic than explanatory. When we see 'Jalan Perencak', our minds do not search an imaginary dictionary to see if the word bears a meaning that explains the street. Nor does a foreign word needs translation into a comprehensible language before we recognize the street. It's symbolic.

    In fact, I would think a street in too many languages is confusing when two person with different mother tongues share information. Imagine this scenario...

    Ah Chong: Go straight on Jalan Kewajipan until the first traffic light.
    Muthu: Jalan what? What's it called in tamil?

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    I understand what you meant but it's good effort to put in all 4 languages. If Muthu is talking to someone other than an Indian, I doubt he is stupid to ask Chong what it's called in Tamil. On another note, an Indian expat can relate to the place easily. All signboards in S'pore, especially the 'CAUTION' ones have 4 main languages.
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    I think the name will all sound the same in the respective languages, won't it? The only difference then would be that the people who only know their own language can read it themselves instead of asking people what is written on the signboards.

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    I just think it should always be plain and simple Jalan Xxxxxx. Period!. It should conform to required size for best view and can be EASILY seen by everyone is paramount. More languages means larger signboard and waste of money as metal/materials are not any cheaper now.
    Still don't understand or can't read, can politely ask anyone there to answer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by umadavid
    I think the name will all sound the same in the respective languages, won't it? The only difference then would be that the people who only know their own language can read it themselves instead of asking people what is written on the signboards.
    Well, if its Jalan Pudu, it should just remain as Jalan Pudu. Tell a Chinese taxi driver Jalan Pudu and he will reply "ahhh Pun Sam Pah" and tell him Pun Sam Pah and he will say "ahhhh Jalan Pudu"..

    I think the JALAN part should just stay status quo... I am Chinese but trust me I don't read Chinese and it doesn't bother me what Jalan Bukit Bintang means to me in Chinese... worst still, if a tourist ask me a place in Chinese, I won't be able to tell him/her the road in Chinese.

    Teresa, there are "bigger" things than just symbolic, get down to do the real work. Leave the road signs alone.

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