The road signs of 15 old streets located in the Unesco world heritage site are now displayed in five languages – Malay, Jawi, Chinese, Tamil and English to reflect the characteristics of a diversified culture and multi-racial community in Malacca.
The first road sign in five languages was placed at Tukang Emas Road in October last year by the Malacca state government. The council spent around RM6,000 to erect the new road signs particularly in blue and green colors at the specific locations portraying the different diversities of Malacca.
Mr Tey said each old street in the Unesco world heritage site has its own history and significance. After gathering feedback from professionals, the state government decided to have five languages on the road signs.
He added "The state government has approved the decision in the executive councilor meeting last year. We show others that Malacca is different from others and express our friendliness to tourists from all parts of the world,".
Mr Tey said the state government will continue to improve the road signs including placing road signs in languages relevant to the local area in tourist zones.
Mayor Mansor Sudin said road signs in multiple languages are good for Malacca which is listed as Unesco world heritage site. It reflects local characteristics and also let tourists learn words in different languages which is easier and convenient for them as well as showcase Malacca in a different light.
Malaysia’s official language is Malay, which is still the main language is used on road signs, he said. The city council would continue to compile feedback to consider increasing the number of languages used for road signs to make it an attraction for tourists and they can do their photo shoots as well.
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