To symbolically show Malaysia’s support for Palestine, Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) has renamed Jalan Raja Laut 1 in Kuala Lumpur to Jalan Palestine.
“The proposal to create a Jalan Palestine in Kuala Lumpur was brought up during the annual Quds ceremony held at Dataran DBKL back in 2019,” DBKL said in a statement.
The ministry wrote a post on their official Facebook page saying, “Do you know Jalan Raja Laut 1 is now known as Jalan Palestine as a symbol of us opposing and fighting for the freedom of Palestine from the Zionist Israel regime. Good job DBKL!”
However, Federal Territories Minister Annuar Musa does not seem happy with DBKL’s decision to rename the road, Malaysiakini reported.
Annuar took to Twitter to question DBKL’s decision of replacing a road named after a historical Malay figure instead of a road with an English name.
“I have no objections to naming a road in Kuala Lumpur as Jalan Palestine as a sign of support for the struggle to be free,” he said.
According to Annuar, there are many roads with English names that could be replaced to Jalan Palestine, like Jalan Stonor, Jalan Conlay, Jalan Cochrane and others.
Kuala Lumpur Mayor, Datuk Nor Hisham Ahmad Dahlan reportedly said that the renaming process took a long time since they needed to find which road was most suitable as well as follow the SOPs required in re-naming them.