In Singapore, a poster in Hindi sparks controversy
By Asiaville Desk • 14/08/2019 at 4:40AM
Netizens roasted the hospital that replaced Tamil with Hindi on a signboard. The hospital has since apologised and taken it down.
Singapore is known for its linguistic diversity: the country has four official languages: English, Tamil, Mandarin and Malay. Signs in public places, buses, restaurants everywhere, all reflect this.
Therefore, the issue of a signboard at the National University Hospital, one of the top hospitals in Singapore, raised a controversy.
The signboard simply says, "Dirty towels only." But, unusually, the wording is in English, Malay, Mandarin and Hindi. But not in one of the official languages of the country, Tamil. The fact that Hindi had replaced Tamil in the hospital shocked the Tamils living in the country.
Netizens took to social media, expressing their surprise and dismay. Subsequently, the hospital apologised for the gaffe, and said the offending board had been removed. Authorities said that it was created by a hospital employee, who had not understood the importance of the country's official languages policy.
[Autotranslated from Tamil]
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