I read with great amusement the story on the controversy over the renaming of Jalan Alor to Jalan Kejora by Kuala Lumpur City Hall. The reason given by Datuk Bandar Ab Hakim Borhan is equally amusing. He wants to change the image of Jalan Alor. The road opposite the Bukit Bintang Plaza is a famous tourist spot for both local and foreign tourists.
Jalan Alor’s name was changed at the request of the National Economic Action Council following decisions made in its exco meeting. With regard to that, DBKL’s Road Naming Committee concluded in its meeting that the name of Jalan Alor be changed to Jalan Kejora to go with other roads in the vicinity named after the stars. The change is also to meet requirements under the road naming guidelines.
I find it odd for the NEAC to focus on such menial work as renaming street names. I wonder if by doing so the council can help to double the revenue of traders and hawkers doing business there. Moreover, if the DBKL can afford time and resources to set up a Road Naming Committee I am sure more can be done to clean up the city, ensure better safety, reduce traffic jam through better enforcement on illegal parking and others.
By renaming the famous road after a star, the local authority is killing its star attraction. I am surprised the mayor is more superstitious than many Chinese parents. My parents did alter my last name. I still have to slough for my bowl of rice.
If a change of name can do wonders, we should rename UMNO as Parti Bersih Cekap Amanah. What about Dewan Pakai Otak for DBKL?
We need a mindset change. Otherwise, this country will remain all about forms and not substance.
What's worse, some of these government bodies are spending millions of ringgit on study trips abroad each but none of these trips made them any wiser. Similarly, many politicians have travelled abroad on investment missions but how much have they managed to attract into the country?
To attract investment, we must first put our own house in order. Petty squabbles over race, rights and religion make us an international laughing stock. These low class antics have defeated any serious efforts overseas to sell Malaysia as an international investment and business hub.