Special effort required for language translations for NDP

Special effort is needed when doing language translations for the National Day Parade (NDP) due to the importance of translating accurately, said Mr S. Iswaran, Minister for Trade and Industry (Industry) yesterday.

The onus is also on the agencies involved in the translation work for this year's NDP to be thorough, he said, adding that they need to check and double-check their work, in the wake of last year's Tamil translation mistakes.

"To expect that there will be no errors at all, I think it's unrealistic because it involves many of us in different aspects," Mr Iswaran said on the sidelines of a Tamil language event.

"We need, on the part of the people who are involved in the translations, to take special effort because they should appreciate the sensitivity and the importance that's attached to accurate translation."

Some pamphlets used in last year's NDP rehearsals had letters in the Tamil phrase "let's come together as one nation" in the wrong places, while others were missing.

Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen attributed the mistake to not proofreading the pamphlets after the printers had made mistakes in translation.

Mr Iswaran was speaking at the Tamil Language Festival 2018, which he officially opened at the MES Theatre at Mediacorp yesterday.

Organised by the Tamil Language Council since 2007, the festival this year features a record 58 programmes aimed at promoting the Tamil language.The festival's events runs from March 31 to April 29. - FELICIA CHOO