‘Issue of gazetting Klang’s Little India does not arise’

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SHAH ALAM: The issue of gazetting Klang’s Jalan Tengku Kelana business enclave as “Little India” does not arise, said Selangor Executive Councillor Elizabeth Wong.

Elizabeth, who is in charge of the tourism portfolio in the state, stressed that the state government would only gazette buildings or structures for historical reasons and heritage protection, besides zoning business areas and green spaces.

“We (state government) do not gazette names. No such thing as gazetting name. As such, the issue (gazetting Klang’s Jalan Tengku Kelana) does not arise,” she told Bernama.

Elizabeth had earlier attended the investiture ceremony in conjunction with the 70th birthday of the Sultan of Selangor Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah at the State Secretariat building here today.

Sultan Sharafuddin presented Selangor state medals and awards to 26 recipients of the Pingat Pekerti Terpilih (PPT), 31 recipients of the Pingat Perkhidmatan Cemerlang Selangor (PPC), 123 recipients of the Pingat Jasa Kebaktian (PJK) and 14 recipients of the Pingat Perkhidmatan Selangor (PPS).

Elizabeth was commenting on a statement by the chairman of Entrepreneurs Association of Little India, Klang, N P Raman, who said the moniker “Little India”, should be made official at the state level to boost tourism and preserve cultural heritage in the surrounding areas.

MIC President Dr S Subramaniam had also said that the recent decision by the Selangor Government, via the Klang Municipal Council, to disallow the moniker to be gazetted was seen as “deliberately” closing down the Indian community’s business lifeline.

Elizabeth said the Selangor Government wanted to make Klang Little India accessible to all Malaysians and had introduced an initiative called heritage walk every weekend to encourage youngsters to learn Klang’s history, including bringing them to various interesting historical spots in the royal town of Klang.