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This is my earlier take on Jinjang and their new Jawi road names:

I checked the word dignify in the dictionary and it says: dignify v 1: confer dignity or honour upon; “He was dignified with a title” [sync: {ennoble}] 2: raise the status of; “I shall not dignify this insensitive remark with an answer” [also: {dignified}]
There are 87 roads in Jinjang and each road has been dignified. Hurrah. It has been dignified by a new road, no port holes, proper drainage to avoid floods, and also tiled maybe. Words like main, garden, segambut, fence, river, east, school lane, theatre, market, club, padang, west, river, cheras, temple, Ming Chong, Tanjong Malim, little east, etc etc are undignified words. DB Kl must get involved, they are dignified people who defy and change undignified names. The mayor I regret is in the wrong profession. He should be in Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka. This department has been blamed for not doing anything to bahasa. No wonder eligible candidates are slogging away in the wrong places. They can even have a Dignifying Officer there and he will I sure will be an asset. He may even change Segambut, Cheras, and Tanjong Malim as undignified names. What fun remembering new names. Thank you Mayor, mayor sounds undignified, would Moyor do. Any how Jinjang residents, Badawi is giving away goodies to the Chinese to ask them to vote MCA and Barisan. This Moyor is annoying people. This Moyor does not work for Badawi – God alone knows his position. I am sure he will get a pat on his back if Badawi ever knows it. Please Jinjang people vote for Barisan Nasional where you will be dignified. You want more!

And now it is Kepong. Napoleons of Malaysia we know, in the civil service, education, religion, city councils etc. Where there are too many Napoleons, the people get confused, and Lim Kit Siang has added a category known as Mullah Napoleons, who act primarily in religious matters. This is the third incident of council officers renaming names using Jawi. So we have these new breed of Jawi (Arabic) Napoleons who insist that they must do their work. Cost is no matter. After the Taman Seputeh incident I did say perhaps the council officers are giving free lessons on Jawi, true enough, one of the reasons given by a representative for the Jinjang debacle, was we are educating the public. The   DBKL mayor Abdul Hakim Borhan takes the honour of being the head of the Jawi Napoleons. Toyo will not definitely give him a broom but something relating to the Arabic script Jawi, maybe a dictionary in that language, how befitting.

The funny part is these changes are happening just before the elections, you are wooed by the leaders, no discrimination, all Malaysians are equal but to a Chinese mind suddenly seeing a new language on the sign board, what thoughts will cross his mind. Surely he can’t be wrong whispering under his breath, oh my God they have not even won the elections, but they are already pushing a new language down my throat. I thing the Malays likewise will thing the same according to  Dr Tan Seng Giaw who confirms some Malays don’t read Jawi.

Two bulls harnessed to a bullock cart must have co-ordination, but if one bull pulls right and the other left, hancur-lah the journey. Will the election results reflect on these two bulls with different mind set. I wonder.  

Dr Tan: Why spend RM72,000 on Jawi road signs?

Fauwaz Abdul Aziz | Feb 20, 08 7:14pm

It was a major blow for the residents of Kepong, majority of whom are Chinese, when the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) ignored their protests and renamed 73 of their streets and roads after places in Sarawak.
tan seng giaw kepong parliament interview 200208 jinjang indah road signAnd to make it worse, DBKL soon followed up their action by replacing the new road signs with ones that contained – above the romanised lettering – their equivalents in the Arabic script Jawi.
The move followed a similar one in another suburb of the city, Taman Seputeh. Bandar Tun Razak reportedly is also experienced the same thing.
The question on the mind of Kepong residents is why the City Hall took such action when they area, like Taman Seputeh, predominantly Chinese residents.
Blasting the move today, Kepong member of Parliament Dr Tan Seng Giaw said it made little sense as a large number of Malays themselves – let alone non-Malays – have trouble reading Jawi.
He added that it also smacked of insensitivity on the part of the authorities at a time when fears of the ‘Islamisation’ process and its effects on civil liberties was taking place in the public sphere, said the DAP national deputy chairperson.
“It’s totally unacceptable. Don’t they know the implications of their actions?” he asked during a press conference in Kepong this morning.
Jawi is only the Malay language written in the Arabic script and is not in itself sacred as to obligate the authorities in any way to carry out such a move, he added.
“You’re raising doubts among people about the religion when Jawi doesn’t have anything to do with the religion,” said Tan.
Millions wasted

According to a Feb 4 report in the Star regarding the change of road signs in Taman Seputeh, DBKL defended the move as being in line with the government’s Islam Hadhari concept. It would also encourage Middle East tourists to visit the city, said City Hall.
tan seng giaw kepong parliament interview 200208 pointTan also raised the question as to how much money was involved in the whole re-naming exercise.
“I have been told that each name-change (of a road sign) costs RM5. If 73 roads have been renamed, that comes up to RM36,500 spent. But they’ve changed it twice, which makes it RM72,000,” he said.
If DBKL planned on doing this for the whole city, it could come up to millions, he added.
Tan, who can read and write in Jawi due to his education in Kelantan, said he would be writing to DBKL mayor Abdul Hakim Borhan – in Jawi – on the matter.
On other matters, Tan asked when the authorities were going to complete the Jinjang flood mitigation project.
According to the incumbent MP, the project cost RM805 million and was supposed to have been completed by the end of 2006. As of today, however, works was still on-going and causing considerable traffic congestion in Kepong, he said.
kepong parliamentary seat election results 180108He also raised the issue of when DBKL was going to finalise its local agenda policy as promised when its Kuala Lumpur Structural Plan 2020 guidelines was gazetted more than three years ago on Nov 4, 2004.
MP since 1982

Tan has been the parliamentarian for Kepong since 1982. He will be contesting once again in the seat in the coming general election on March 8.
Segambut MP Dr Tan Kee Kwong, from Gerakan, is expected to switch over the Kepong this time around in an attempt by the BN to wrestle the seat from DAP’s clutches.
In 2004, Tan defeated Gerakan’s Ma Woei Chyi with a 1,854-vote majority.
There are about 45,000 voters in Kepong, with Chinese making up 91 percent of the voters. Of the rest, the Malays make 3.50 percent and Indians about 5.2 percent.

Dr Tan: Why spend RM72,000 on Jawi road signs?


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