Mano wants inclusion of Tamil language in signboards

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Minister of National Integration, Official Languages and Social Progress Mano Ganesan requested the Chinese Embassy in Sri Lanka to ensure the inclusion of Tamil language in signboards erected at Chinese funded development projects. He said the signboards had been written in Chinese, English and Sinhala only.

Minister Ganesan told Daily Mirror that he decided to explain to the officials of Chinese embassy about the languages used on signboards after seeing the signboard of Metro Colombo Solid Waste Project only in Sinhala, Chinese and in English. “This is not the only sign where one or two Sri Lanka languages are missing. I have noticed that there are signboards without Sinhala wordings. Therefore, I decided to explain things to the officials of the Chinese Embassy and tell them that signboards should carry wordings in all three Sri Lankan languages as the Language Act of Sri Lanka.

“We are receiving complaints on signboards at Chinese projects using only Mandarin and English ignoring one of the two local languages,” the Minister added. (Yohan Perera)

  Comments - 29

  • Lankaboy Monday, 31 December 2018 08:12 PM

    That is the 1st step before we become Chinese colony

    Bo Adolfsson Monday, 31 December 2018 08:15 PM

    And arabic too!?

    Dhammika Monday, 31 December 2018 08:18 PM

    YES , and so must Singhalese also included in sign boards in the North and East as well .

    Kodikara Monday, 31 December 2018 08:34 PM

    Let every citizen be encouraged to learn the alphabet of the majority language without narrow reservations.

    vithura Monday, 31 December 2018 11:48 PM

    Convoluted logic, the world over English is spoken not because little Englanders are the majority in the world. People should be free to learn any language of their choice.

    ANTON Monday, 31 December 2018 08:36 PM


    Pavithra Monday, 31 December 2018 08:42 PM

    There can never be a true integration when the national anthem is sung in two languages.

    Freeda Monday, 31 December 2018 08:59 PM

    It is an excellent idea if he can implement Singhalese in Jaffna and many Tamil shops around Wellawatte and Colombo.

    Nada Monday, 31 December 2018 09:21 PM

    Why not in three languages.what is wrong in doing that...Sinhalese people must be matured enough to know that we live in the age of globalisation..

    Bayiya Monday, 31 December 2018 09:35 PM

    Good thing to do soon.

    Mandy Monday, 31 December 2018 09:40 PM

    Very goodd move.

    City Monday, 31 December 2018 10:04 PM

    Excellent move, very soon will see road sign boards in Chinese.

    James ingram Monday, 31 December 2018 10:21 PM

    First contribute to the country. You guys live off what the majority community has done for the country. Then sign boards will come up. The Chinese has done more for the country than Tamils. They have destroyed the country.

    GH Monday, 31 December 2018 10:45 PM

    Hello Mano! before you go into Chinese project board, please look into the local bus-boards, KANDY written in tamil as KUNNDY, VALECHENA written as VAALAICHELAI most of the city name boards are totally wrong. Also tamil alphabets are created by artists' own style, that even Tamil Language speaking people do not understand.

    Roger Peiris Monday, 31 December 2018 10:53 PM

    what about sign boards in jaffna lacking Sinhala Mano?

    vithura Monday, 31 December 2018 11:51 PM

    If true, it should be rectified.

    das Monday, 31 December 2018 10:56 PM

    How about going back to the original Sinhala in the case of Tamilised names?Dunukai = dunukaya, Mavil aru=mahaweli oya, chunnakam=hunugama etc

    vithura Monday, 31 December 2018 11:57 PM

    Do you mean how Kalyani became Kelani, Puttalam became Puttalama and Kathirkamam became Kataragamuwa!

    Priya Monday, 31 December 2018 10:58 PM

    Don't worry Mano I will have Tamil language on top of Sinhalese very soon.

    Priya Monday, 31 December 2018 10:59 PM

    Don't worry Mano very soon Tamil language will be the FIRST language of Sri Lanka.

    vithura Monday, 31 December 2018 11:58 PM

    There is no need for first, second or a third language, all languages should be equal just as all living beings!

    Tinkiriya Tuesday, 01 January 2019 12:24 AM

    At this rate of demands, we will have to changed the ladies and gents toilets signs also to symbolize the forehead with a pottu.

    Mandayan Tuesday, 01 January 2019 04:32 PM

    Hey wiseman, the issue is, we didn’t give same status to another official language of the land but mandarin came in from nowhere. Is it not giving any message? Cats with Appa and a monkey as the judge story. Mandarin will talk all.

    mohan Tuesday, 01 January 2019 04:35 PM

    why Mandarin in sri lanka ? is it chinese donation/gift or loan

    Truth Tuesday, 01 January 2019 06:41 PM

    Looks like some of our narrow minded country folks would like to see Chinese instead of Tamil everywhere in Sri Lanka.

    Thiru Tuesday, 01 January 2019 07:44 PM

    Mano, I appreciate your standup, kind of minority supretion, isn't it mandatory?

    Martin Milton Tuesday, 01 January 2019 07:53 PM

    Do they have sign Boards in Sinhala as well as Tamil AND English in the Northern and Eastern Provinces? It is prudent to correct any deficiencies in those Provinces before looking at others. MM

    Hari Mani Wednesday, 02 January 2019 09:09 AM

    They do!

    Manu Wednesday, 02 January 2019 07:17 PM

    Hey you, is this the biggest problem of the country?

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