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06 April 2016

A view of Little India along the busy thorough fare of Jalan Tengku Kelana in south Klang. - Filepic
A view of Little India along the busy thorough fare of Jalan Tengku Kelana in south Klang.

THE KLANG Municipal Council (MPK) has scrapped the idea to rename Little India in south Klang to Kelana Square after local businessmen argued that the name change was a callous disregard for the local traders and residents.

MPK president Datuk Mohamad Yasid Bidin told StarMetro that he had “scrapped the idea to rename Little India as we respect the wishes and wisdom of the local traders”.

“Our move to rename Little India was done sincerely in an attempt to rebrand the area.

“I had proposed the idea at the Social Development sub-committee meeting.

“MPK department heads and councillors were in the meeting where the discussions acted as a sounding board.

“All decisions made were verbal in nature and notes were jotted down for it to be tabled in the next sub-committee meeting but now the whole idea has been scrapped,” he explained.

Mohamad Yasid added that his intention was not to anger the local traders.

“On Monday afternoon, I had explained this matter at length to Selangor Tourism, Consumer Affairs and Environment Committee chairman Elizabeth Wong, who was concerned about this tourism site and it was decided there would be no name change for Little India,” he said.

On Monday, MPK secretary Adi Faizal Ahmad Tarmizi had told StarMetro that the council had decided to rename Little India to Kelana Square as part of a rebranding exercise to lend a better image to the area.

Social activist and former Shah Alam City councillor V. K. Vembarasan said Section 68 of the Local Government Act 1976 (Act 171) stipulated that a local authority needed the approval of the state government to determine the name of any public place, housing estate or housing scheme.

“Other than this, the motion for name change must be discussed at a sub-committee meeting and tabled at the full board meeting for debate and vote taking.

“Councillors must not ignore this matter as it involves cultural, historical and social values carried down for generations,” he added.

Vembarasan urged MPK councillors to exercise a pro-active role and said in this case, they could have called for a special session under Section 21 of the Local Government Act 1976 which allows one-third, or eight, councillors to convene a meeting with the mayor or council president and make a decision on an important matter.

Vembarasan urged the Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KLSICCI) Klang Chapter and the Entrepreneurs Association of Little India members to attend the monthly full board meetings that are open to the public.

KLSICCI Klang chapter chairman N.P. Raman said he was glad that Mohamad Yasid had understood the importance of the name Little India and scrapped the plan to rename the business enclave.

Source: The Star Online

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