Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Little India to be renamed

In my office, PCs and laptops get upgraded often so that we are abreast of the times. I think people or especially those entrusted with decisions should also get a memory upgrade now and then too. Case in point is the name-change in road names and areas.

After the fiasco of changing Jalan Alor, here we have another similar incident of an unwarranted name-change. The Star today reported that a controversial move to change the name of Klang’s famous Little India to Medan Kelana has sparked a public outcry.

Little India is a famous shopping enclave with 100 pre-war shops on either side of Jalan Tengku Kelana. It draws shoppers by the thousands and is an important income generator for Klang.

Like the case of Jalan Alor, even tourists are chipping in saying it would be a shame to change the name of a place so easily recalled by tourists.

Here we go again!

N.B. A little about Klang from Wikipedia: Klang is the royal capital of the state of Selangor, Malaysia. It is located within the Klang District in Klang Valley. It is located about 32 km to the west of Kuala Lumpur and 6 km east of Port Klang. It was the civil capital of Selangor in an earlier era prior to the emergence of Kuala Lumpur and the current capital, Shah Alam. Port Klang, which is located in the Klang District, is the 13th busiest transshipment port and the 16th busiest container port in the world.


  1. Anonymous3:43 PM

    Some people just have so much time on their hands to bother with changing of names. Why can't they look into more pertinent issues gripping the country?!!

  2. It seems road-renaming is a trend throughout the country, BN or PR states. There was a plan to rename Jln Wong Ah Fook in downtown JB to Jln Sultan Abu Bakar. Well, it was shot down eventually.

    Don't let them smooch away history.

  3. Yep! Some people is really too free to nose around some uneccesary issues! =/

  4. Don't they know that if it ain't broke, don't fix it?

  5. I always thought Little India is unofficial name (nickname), much like foreigners refer to Jalan Petaling as Chinatown.

  6. KS, honestly, me too. I don't venture much to Klang so that part of Klang is really alien to me.

    Foong, LOL! People find ways to be innovative even though when things are not broken.

    Tekkaus, I wonder if it is just in this part of the world.

  7. JL, I am glad it did not happen. Some people do not believe in preserving history of the country and that is so sad.

    MT, I am with you. There are more pressing matters to be attended to. The other day, I read an email about the slums in KL. At the rate we are going about eradicating poverty, chances are it will be difficult to attain first world status slated to be by 2020.

  8. There's little india in SG too.

  9. Vestige, yeah, I have heard of Little India in Singapore though I have not been there. Must be a bustling place.

  10. would be visting KL in Oct/2009 - wanted to know:

    which is the nearest train/subway station? I would be staying in Novotel City Center (which has closest monorail station - Raja chulan i guess)

    any help would be appreciated

  11. Hi Ronin, nearest to the Raja Chulan station is the Bukit Nanas and Bukit Bintang stations. You may want to check out this station layout for all the lines. Click on image to enlarge it. Let me know if you have other queries. Have a good visit with us.

  12. thanx buddy - i will keep that in mind