KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 25 – From tomorrow, eight major roads in Kuala Lumpur will be renamed after past Yang Di-Pertuan Agong, or kings, according to a City Hall circular. Signed by City Hall corporate planning manager Dr Ismail Stapa, the circular states that signboards bearing the new road names will be erected on Wednesday.
City Hall Mayor Datuk Seri Ahmad Phesal Talib said they received the cabinet’s consent to rename the roads, according to the New Straits Times. “This is to honour the rulers who have served as Yang di-Pertuan Agong,” said Ahmad, adding that Pos Malaysia would be informed of the changes to avoid confusion over addresses. The eight major roads are as follows:
* Jalan Duta to Jalan Tunku Abdul Halim;
* Jalan Khidmat Usaha to Jalan Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah;
* Jalan Ipoh (from Jalan Segambut junction to Jalan Pahang junction) 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.
The move drew criticism on Twitter from some who complained of the inconvenience. @sumishanaidu tweeted: “…how much confusion are these name-changes going to cause?”, while @nichocheng joked about the possible confusion, “Yay we’re all gonna get lost”. “Renaming roads? As if it wasn’t hard/confusing enough getting around KL as it is,” said @NatAsasi.
Yet others questioned the practicality of the decision and implied a lack of solid reasons for the move. “Is it really necessary to change all these roads (sic) names? Ada value added ke? Nak tukar signage pun cost lagi. Sigh.” tweeted @haaziq_mz. (Is there any value-add to the change? To change the road signs will incur more cost.) User @patricklsk said, “Is it practical to rename the roads with such long names? Imagine the size of the signboard, or how small the font size in order to fit”.