JAWI script in now compulsory on all new signages of business premises across the PAS-ruled northern state of Perlis commencing June this year.
Towards this end, the Kangar Municipal Council is drafting a new set of regulations to ensure all business premises in the state comply to the new ruling.
State executive councillor in-charge of local government Asrul Aimran Abd Jalil said the new regulation which is in tandem with effort by the state to promote the use of Jawi applies to new signages, new business licence applications and existing shops changing signboards.
“However, the new regulation does not include existing signages until such time that the business proprietor switches to a new signage,” the Kayang state assemblyman and Perlis PAS information chief pointed out after attending the 2024-2025 Perlis Tourism Year celebration at the at the Padang Besar train station on Monday (Jan 1).
The use of Jawi which is likely to be enforced in June this year is one of the new policies to be implemented by the Perlis state government as announced by Menteri Besar Mohd Shukri Ramli last year.
Interestingly, Mohd Shukri was quoted as saying last October that the Perlis will not make adopting Jawi signage for businesses compulsory except that those who fail to do so will be deemed “unfriendly” to the state government.
However, the Sanglang state assemblyman and Perlis PAS commissioner said there was no need for businesses to replace their present signboards because of this policy.
However, he urged those with old signboards and state or national flags to have them replaced. – Jan 3, 2024