KUCHING, Aug 24: Democratic Action Party Socialist Youth (Dapsy) Kuching today officially submits a letter to Kuching North City Council (DBKU) requesting for the restoration of bilingual signage at DBKU area.
Its chief Daphne Ting and Julian Tan, Special Assistant to DAP Sarawak chief Chong Chieng Jen did the submission while at the same time, ready to accept any compound notice issued by DBKU for alleged vandalism.
“However, we were told by the staffs that a decision has yet to be made and DBKU will get back to us once it is done,” said Tan in a press statement.
He said as a kind gesture, the duo also enclosed the printouts of the said Chinese characters (for the road signs) ready to be affixed on Main Bazaar, Lebuh Wayang and Jalan Green Hill road signs.
“Multilingual road signs have always been in the state even before the formation of Malaysia, which is why it is actually an act of good intent to restore and preserve Sarawak’s multiculturalism.
“We also come across this directive by our late Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem in 2015 for the reinstatement of these Chinese Characters to the road signs with reasons to promote, maintain and enhance the multiracial and cultural values in Sarawak, particularly in town areas, which is unique in Sarawak and something that we all Sarawakians are proud of.”
“Now that a formal request has been in place, we look forward to DBKU decision on the matter,” said Tan.
Dapsy under Ting recently put up some Chinese characters on road signages of Jalan Main Bazaar, Wayang Street and Jalan Green Hill without the approval of Kuching North City Council (DBKU).
Such move had caused DBKU and other GPS leaders to come forward to condemn Dapsy. An officer from DBKU also lodged a police report against Dapsy for alleged vandalism.
In response, Chong on last Saturday (Aug 22) called a press conference expressing regrets, describing the whole episode as “unfortunate”.
Chong also stated that Ting would go to DBKU to accept the compound notices for the alleged vandalism offence which she did today.— DayakDaily