The last thing I want is to be labelled a social commentator. This, my friends, is a bitching blog, not social commentary. But I admit I had been talking about Penang more than I should.
Why oh why must people keep on harping about changing road names and etc? The latest is to change this wonderful, magnificent, angmoh sounding name of Georgetown to Tanjung Penegri and another person suggested another name. Once, an ex-politician was hentam-ed because she was accused of glorifying our colonial past or something. (Did I tell you not to believe a thing I said? My info is not accurate nor reliable.)
I get all edgy when people want to change a road or town name to reflect that we are not related to any angmoh. Personally, I feel blessed that these angmohs did come to our country once. Otherwise, we wouldn’t be speaking English but Yingrish. At the very least, we must acknowledge that they built good schools for us. They sent shiploads of teachers to England to study.
I like it when I was in Singapore or Hongkong and can identify the same facade police stations, railway stations, ferries and even clock towers. I don’t think I would like it if the angmohs did not fancy Penang and gave it a pass in 1786. Then probably, we will be like our northern neighbour and I wouldn’t be here, writing in English. I maybe selling chickens by the roadside. “Ah Hniah, ai beh keh boh?’
So, please la, retain the names. We do not really remember who is George or who is Gurney but we are used to the names. There are many ways we can honour our freedom fighters and historians. One of them is not to argue in public whose name should be used. Can you imagine Gurney Drive turned into Nee Drive? Please, Tan Sri Wong Pow Nee, our first Penang Chief Minister certainly deserves more than a simple mention of a stretch of waterfront selling rojaks, stinking of sotong bakar and loaded with rats?
Moreover, road signs may become too long when we have so many tan seli latok loktor (insert name) (insert name) (insert name).
*I put many links here to promote my very nice blog, Penang Faces. Ok ok, the ‘very nice blog‘ is not my own word. I hear it all the time.*
*muahahaha, Kuala Lumpur, now and forever, nothing to argue* So, do you think we can just erase our colonial past by erasing the names? In the first place, must we even forget the past?