Singapore parliamentarians remember Tamil translator for over three decades of service

Singapore, Could 11 (PTI): Singapore parliamentarians paid their tributes to Tamil translator Palaniappan Arumugum, who died on Could 4 on the age of 73 after serving the homes for greater than three many years.

The Home fell silent on Wednesday as MPs marked the demise of Parliament translator and provided their condolences to his relations, who have been in chambers.

His widow and their son and daughter, together with their spouses, have been seated in entrance of the glass-panelled translation cubicles the place Palaniappan labored for numerous Parliament periods over his 50 years in public service. On his seat was a bouquet of flowers.

Tamil is Singapore’s fourth official language after English, Chinese language, and Malay.

Chief of the Home Indranee Rajah, delivering a tribute earlier than the day’s official enterprise, mentioned, “We now have misplaced buddy and man. Nevertheless, we have now been enriched by his contributions, the affect of which nonetheless stays.

“He might now not be with us, however his voice can nonetheless be heard within the works he translated and within the Tamil language that he liked so dearly and did a lot to advertise.” Palaniappan, who joined the Parliament Secretariat in September 1990, translated Parliament proceedings from English to Tamil and, sometimes, from Tamil to English, till November 2022.

Moreover being a translator, he additionally took up the function of chief liaison officer for a lot of parliamentary conferences hosted by Parliament.

“Many a time, he went past official duties to make sure the overseas dignitaries have been nicely taken care of, and obtained quite a few oral and written compliments,” The Straits Instances quoted Indranee as saying in the home.

She added that Palaniappan’s huge expertise and experience in interpretation and translation was extremely valued on the nationwide degree.

Moreover introducing a number of measures to enhance simultaneous interpretation companies in Parliament, he was additionally a part of the common interpretation group for Nationwide Day rallies, she mentioned.

Outdoors of labor, he volunteered with the Tamil Language Council for shut to fifteen years.

He was instrumental in creating a bilingual English-Tamil glossary for the general public, in addition to an e-glossary for college students that has various hundred phrases which are distinctive to the Singaporean Tamil context.

In his personal time, he additionally contributed to the constructing of Tamil vocabulary by beginning a Fb web page referred to as ‘Singai Translate Neighborhood’, which deliberated with members of the general public on how greatest to translate complicated English phrases and material into the Tamil language.

In recognition of his contributions, he was awarded the Effectivity, Public Service, Lengthy Service, and Commendation medals in 1996, 2001, 2008, and 2011, respectively. PTI GS VN VN VN

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