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Allowing comments in other languages poses problems.

Should TOC allow comments in other languages besides English?

Dear everyone,

We would like to seek your opinion on whether The Online Citizen should allow comments which are in other languages, besides English, to be posted on TOC. Namely, should comments in Chinese, Malay and Tamil be allowed?

Although we have published articles in Chinese on TOC previously, we have decided not to continue with it as it was time-consuming and costly to have them translated and also we were unable to find enough writers who could write in Chinese.

Another problem we face is that there are very few in TOC who are conversant or literate enough in Chinese, Malay or Tamil in order to go through comments in these languages. Without this, we would be subjecting ourselves to legal actions, if comments made were libelious or defamatory and were not moderated.

As such, we only allow comments posted in English.

What are your views?

Thank you.