I REFER to Paul Singh’s letter “Use simple but correct English in all notices” (The Star,April 16).
We shouldn’t be unduly worried about English proficiency in notice boards as English is now considered a foreign language. Those who are good in English really enjoy the many hilarious notices all over the country. It actually makes one’s day to read such notices after a day’s stress at the office.
Instead of “...sending the person in charge of giving the green light to attend further classes...”, we should in fact be grateful to him for making the city fun and put a smile on our weary face where the funny notice was spotted by the writer at the KL Sentral monorail kiosks.
It is not only in Malaysia that we have the funny man who put up hilarious notices to brighten up the day. It happens all over the world.
Here are some samplings which I have in my smartphone;
> Cocktail Lounge, Norway: Ladies are requested not to have children in the bar.
> In a Bangkok Temple: It is forbidden to enter a woman, even a foreigner, if dressed as a man.
> Dry Cleaners, Bangkok: Drop your trousers here for the best results.
> A Nairobi Restaurant: Customers who find our waitresses rude, ought to see the manager.
> Tokyo Hotel’s Rules and Regulations: Guests are requested not to smoke, or do other disgusting behaviours, in bed.
> On Menu Of A Swiss Restaurant: Our wines leave you nothing to hope for.
> In a Tokyo Bar: Special cocktails for the ladies with nuts.
> Hotel, Japan: You are invited to take advantage of the chambermaid.
> In The Lobby Of A Moscow Hotel, Across From A Russian Orthodox Monastery: You are welcome to visit the cemetry, where famous Russians and Soviet composers, artists and writers, are buried daily, except Thursday.
> Hotel, Zurich: Because of the impropriety of entertaining guests of the opposite sex in the bedroom, it is suggested that the lobby be used for that purpose.
> Advertisement For Donkey Rides, Thailand: Would you like to ride on your own ass?
> A Laundry In Rome: Ladies, leave your clothes here and then spend the afternoon having a good time.
> Abu Dhabi Souk Shop: If the front is closed, please enter through my backside.
The hilarious notices can only be enjoyed by those who are proficient in English. And the British tourists reading all these funny notices will have the last laugh while at the same time feel proud that English, their mother tongue, is indeed a universal language Hassan Talib The STAR Home News Letters 17 April 2015