The Padang Rengas Member of Parliament (MP) Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz has called out to the government’s decision to allow developments in the city centre to use English names.
He said this during a debate in the Dewan Rakyat, adding that the noted many recent developments in Kuala Lumpur no longer bear Malay names, which is unfortunate.
Nazri also claimed that the capital is “losing its identity” with its buildings and residential areas being given English names.
“Kuala Lumpur is the capital city of Malaysia. But lately, KL appears to have become like London.”
“Roads in the city, new buildings, residential areas… are mostly named in English.” he said.
“Some places with Malay names have also been changed to English now, like Bangsar South. What’s the problem with calling it Bangsar Selatan?” he added.
Bangsar South was previously renamed from Kg Kerinchi by developers in a bid to upscale the land, but it was officially reverted to Kg Kerinchi in 2019.
Nazri said that changing the names of a location from Malay to English to attract investors does not make sense as most decide on which properties to buy based on the location of the development.
“If you ask developers, what’s important in terms of marketing is location. People purchase properties in a certain locations perhaps because they are near the city centre.”
“Sometimes, we appear to be so fixated on English names. This is difficult. We are no longer promoting the Malay language.” he said.
Nazri then urged the Federal Territories Ministry to defend the use of Malay names for residential areas, buildings and roads.
“I ask the Kuala Lumpur City Centre and my friend, the minister (Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim), who comes from Perlis – please defend the use of local names.” he said.
What do you think about this? Share your thoughts!