Malaysia has a pretty notorious tendency to crawl into international affairs for all the wrong reasons. Most recently, a train station in Germany has decided to rebrand itself using a spin-off of our capital city.
While ‘Kuala Schlumpur’ sounds like something straight out of a kids’ storybook, the reason behind the renaming is pretty unpleasant.
In actuality, the name was changed in attempt to raise public awareness of the potential effects of climate change. The Hamburger Verkehrsverbund (HVV) reportedly modified the names of some bus stops and metro stations to include the names of warmer nations.
The moniker ‘Kuala Schlumpur’ was given to the Schlump station- which, you have to admit, is pretty punny after all.
As stated by an HVV representative, Hamburg, Germany has also suffered as a result of increasing sea levels, protracted droughts, and high temperatures. Thus, the station names are being changed, albeit temporarily, to increase awareness of “what it might look like here if we don’t take precautions.”
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Besides Schlump, several other stations were renamed such as Balearenfeld (Bahrenfeld), Seychellingen (Stellingen), Havannerbrook (Hammerbrook), Mallermöhe (Allermöhe), Saharalandstraße (Saarlandstraße) and São Pauli (St. Pauli).
In addition to that, S Casablankenese (S- Bahn Blankenese), Trabrennbahn Balearenfeld (Trabrennbahn Bahrenfeld), U Mümmelmannbeach (Mümmelmannsberg) and Schenefelder La Paz (Schenefelder Platz) were also involved in the name change.
It’s so funny, it almost hurts.