KUALA LUMPUR: Lembah Pantai MP Fahmi Fadzil reiterated that he would defend the old name of Kerinchi to ensure the history of the settlement that has existed since 1880s was preserved.
“We do not object to any progress or using English names like Bangsar South but in the case of Kerinchi, let’s maintain the original name to ensure that future generations continue to know the history of the area,” he said.
He was speaking to the media after officiating a Seminar on Modern Malay Literature Issues at the Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka (DBP) here today.
Also present were DBP’s deputy director-general (policy) Abang Sallehuddin Abang Shokeran and the head of DBP Literature Research Division Mohd Hanafi Ibrahim.
He was commenting on the issue of renaming the Kerinchi area as Bangsar South. The move drew various complaints from language enthusiasts.
He said a few strategic locations had been identified for the construction of the proposed Kerinchi landmark.
“A final decision on this is expected to be made by the end of this year.
“Discussions are still ongoing, especially with the residents and developers as well as Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL),” he said.
Fahmi said one of the suggestions was an arch to be built at the main entrance to Kerinchi.