PETALING JAYA: Selangor Menteri Besar Amirudin Shari today announced that the Jalan Semangat road here will be renamed as Jalan Professor Khoo Kay Kim as a tribute to the historian’s work.
“The sultan of Selangor has given his approval for Jalan Semangat to be renamed,” he said in a statement.
Khoo, one of Malaysia’s most prolific historians, died at 82 on May 28.
He was part of the committee which drafted the Rukun Negara, the five principles that charted Malaysia’s national philosophy in the wake of the 1969 riots.
He also wrote countless works in both English and Malay on Malaysian history.
In his statement, Amirudin also said the Selangor government had decided that all road signs in the state will use Bahasa Malaysia only.
“This is in line with Article 152 of the Federal Constitution and the National Language Act 1963/1967.
“The government’s stand is in accordance with Pakatan Harapan’s commitment to defending the main core of the constitution such as the position of the Malay rulers, the special rights of the Malays, Islam as the official religion of the federation and Bahasa Malaysia as the national language,” he said.