Penang may have first Gurmukhi road signage

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Gobind Singh Deo (left) holding a poster for the Gurmukhi road signage proposal. With him is Mahinder Singh Dulku – Photo: Buletin Mutiara
By Asia Samachar Team | MALAYSIA |

Malaysia may finally have a road sign sign in Gurmukhi, the official script of the Punjabi language on the Indian side of Punjab. And Penang is about to lead the way.

Penang state executive councillor Jagdeep Singh Deo has proposed that Gurmukhi characters be included on the Jalan Gurdwara road signage.

Jagdeep, who is the state local government, housing, town and country planning committee chairman, said the road would be most suitable place in Penang to have a signage in Gurmukhi characters as the oldest Sikh Gurdwara in the state is located there.

“In Penang, we embrace diversity and when we took over the government in 2008, we made a decision to identify certain road names in Penang to be not only written in Bahasa Malaysia but also in other languages,” he told a press conference yesterday (27 Aug 2019), reports Buletin Mutiara.

“To date, some 40 roads in Penang, which had been identified, have multilingual signages. They comprise 57 road signages in Chinese, 12 in Tamil and 21 in Jawi characters.

“I hope that the state government will support and approve my request on behalf of the Sikh community in Penang. If this happens, then Penang will be having its first road name written in the Gurmukhi characters.”

There a number of Jalan Gurdwara around the nation, including in Ipoh. Bentong,a Pahang town about 60km from Kuala Lumpur, got the road name last year.

Wadda Gurdwara Sahib’s Conservation and Restoration Committee chairman Mahinder Singh Dulku commended Jagdeep for his proposal and said it was very significant to the Sikh community.

“I hope the Penang mayor (Datuk Yew Tung Seang) will give his full support to the appeal by YB Jagdeep. It is apt that the ‘Jalan Gurdwara’ is written in Gurmukhi so as to identify the contribution of the Sikhs in the country.

“This is will be the first in history where the Gurmukhi letters will be displayed at the streets of Penang,” the report quoted said Mahinder.

 

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Bentong gets Jalan Gurdwara (Asia Samachar, 14 May 2018)

 

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1 COMMENT

  1. And what good is this going to do may I ask? The majority Sikhs in Malaysia and over 90% of younger generation Sikhs can’t read or write Gurmukhi.

    Maybe the good YB should try to do something that brings a tangible benefit for the Sikh community in Penang like setting up a fund for young Sikh entrepreneurs.Just a suggestion.

    Or if the states finances are tight maybe the good YB can convince his fellow assemblymen and women to amend the “Hindu Endowments Act 1906′ which states that Sikhs are hindus.This law is archaic and was drafted by the British to group all Indians together although Sikhs are not hindu, never were and never will be.
    Gurfateh ji.

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