The Penang State Government regrets that Barisan Nasional leaders, Utusan Malaysia and some publications stubbornly persist in refusing to publish the vandalisation of the BM/Arabic road sign in Lebuh Acheh two days ago.
By continuing to provoke racial sentiments in opposing the BM/Mandarin and BN/Tamil usage of road signs and not BN/Arabic road signs, Barisan Nasional leaders, Utusan Malaysia and some publications are practicing double standards and dangerously politicising this issue to divide Malaysians.
The Penang State Government believes in freedom of expression and is willing to hear public criticism of its policy.
However, such public discourse must be based on facts and not falsehood, reason, not emotion and principles, not prejudice.
The Penang State Government believes that the people believe in facts, reason and principles and will not allow these irresponsible elements undermine their confidence in the Penang State Government’s effort to promote their welfare.