A total of 8 roads will be renamed after the Malay rulers who have been coronated as Yang di-Pertuan Agong.
The roads that will be renamed are some of the major roads used by the drivers in KL city centre. On November 25th, Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) released an official media statement to announce that the roads will be renamed to honour previous royal heads of state. The media statement is signed off by Dr Ismail Stapa, a corporate planning manager at KL City Hall.
The roads that will be renamed are as follows:
- Jalan Duta – Jalan Tunku Abdul Halim
- Jalan Khidmat Usaha – Jalan Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah
- Jalan Ipoh (from Jalan Segambut junction to Jalan Pahang junction) – Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah
- Persiaran Duta – Persiaran Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin
- Jalan Khidmat Setia & Jalan Ibadah – Jalan Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin
- Lebuhraya Mahameru to Lebuhraya Sultan Iskandar
- Persiaran Mahameru – Persiaran Tuanku Ja’afar
- Jalan Semarak – Jalan Sultan Yahya Petra
According to our source, DBKL has confirmed that the new signboards for the roads will be installed on November 26th. No further information have been released but stay tuned for more updates.
UPDATE (26th November):
According to Malay Mail Online, the decision to change the names of 8 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. “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 yesterday.
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.