KUALA LUMPUR: A neighbourhood watch unit commander has opposed a minister’s suggestion to rename a stretch of road in Brickfields to “Jalan Harmoni”, saying it could earn the ire of residents.
S Kanakiahnaidu, chairman of Brickfields Rukun Tetangga, said every street in the area had its own history, citing Jalan Sultan Abdul Samad as an example.
A Catholic church, Lutheran church, three Hindu temples and two surau are located on Jalan Sultan Abdul Samad in Brickfields; a Syrian Marthomar church and a Catholic church on the Brickfields main road, Jalan Tun Sambanthan; a Methodist church and a Buddhist temple on Jalan Berhala; two Hindu temples on Jalan Scott; and a Chinese temple on Jalan Thambipillai.
“If the name is changed, I expect many people, especially those who have been residing here for years will kick up a fuss as it will seem like they (the government) were trying to erase the history of the place,” he told FMT.
“We should not simply change the name of streets as we like. It is not good.”
Kanakiahnaidu said it would be better for the area to be called “Kampung Harmoni”, similar to “Little India” in Brickfields or the Portuguese settlement in Melaka.
Yesterday, Minister in the Prime Ministers’ Department Mujahid Yusof Rawa said a stretch of road in Brickfields, where various places of worship are situated, could be renamed as Jalan Harmoni, symbolising the unity of the people in the area.
Mujahid, who is MP for Parit Buntar, gave the example of Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling in George Town, Penang, which had been given the nickname Jalan Harmoni because four ancient houses of worship, ancestral halls and shrines are located near each other.