Kuala Lumpur road names to be changed at request of royalty, says deputy minister

In a statement yesterday, the Federal Territories Ministry said that the roads will be named after Malay rulers who have been coronated as Yang di-Pertuan Agong. ― Picture by Choo Choy May
In a statement yesterday, the Federal Territories Ministry said that the roads will be named after Malay rulers who have been coronated as Yang di-Pertuan Agong. ― Picture by Choo Choy May

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KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 25 ― The decision to change the names of eight roads in the capital came after a request from the Conference of Rulers, said Federal Territories Deputy Minister Senator Datuk J. Loga Bala Mohan.

Loga Bala Mohan said that the royal institution felt that Kuala Lumpur lacked the identity of the monarchy and the target roads were picked by City Hall.

In a statement yesterday, the Federal Territories Ministry said that the roads will be named after Malay rulers who have been coronated as Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

“It was the request from the Conference of Rulers, they felt that KL does not have the names of the past Agongs... this was one of the resolution passed in one of their meetings,” he told reporters when in Parliament today.

According to the deputy minister, the resolution was made a year ago.

“And we started looking into... I'm not sure of the process but it was done by the ministry after consultations with the City Hall

“The City Hall identified the roads and decided to make the change,” said Loga Bala Mohan.

However, the deputy minister was not able to confirm if any public consultation process was undertaken by the City Hall.

He added that little to no cost will be incurred by the City Hall or the ministry in changing the new road signs.

The new names are as follows:

Jalan Duta to Jalan Tunku Abdul Halim

Jalan Khidmat Usaha to Jalan Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah

Jalan Ipoh (between Jalan Segambut and Jalan Pahang intersections) to Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah

Persiaran Duta to Persiaran Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin

Jalan Khidmat Setia and Jalan Ibadah to Jalan Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin

Lebuhraya Mahameru to Lebuhraya Sultan Iskandar

Persiaran Mahameru to Persiaran Tuanku Ja’afar

Jalan Semarak to Jalan Sultan Yahya Petra

This is the first renaming of major roads in the capital since DBKL came under fire in 2008 for renaming Jalan Alor, a famous 35-year old tourist spot for hawker foods, to Jalan Kejora.

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