A little language irony

Multilingual signs in Malaysia spark suit. Suit is rejected: no locus standi

According to the Sun2Surf website (a pause here for a sigh from all us northern climate readers), a suit was filed because the government was putting up multilingual street signs in George Town. It seems the government anticipates increased tourism due to the recent UNESCO World Heritage Site designation of George Town, and not many international tourists understand Malay.

The person who filed the suit stated that since Malay is constitutionally the official language, the multilingual street signs were illegal.

The suit was not accepted because the person filing it is not a resident, and therefore has no locus standi to file the suit. Hmm. Do you suppose they used that term in the proceedings? I don’t think Latin was one of the languages used in the signs.

Marjolein Groot Nibbelink
Marjolein realized early on that the Netherlands was too small for her. After traveling to 30+ countries over the span of 10 years she moved to the United States in 2014. She holds a degree in Communication from the University of Rotterdam and has long had an affinity for creative writing.


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