Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Old Street of Kuala Lumpur

Names of streets always change, some due to nationalism, the colonial names were all changed; but the new names did not reflect the history of the street or location. Old colonial English street names traced to the colonial history, whether you like it or hate it , it is still part of the national history. Nowaday, street names may be a tourist attraction, it has a lot of story to tell from the names of the streets. If we frequently changed the names of our streets, part of the history will be lost, which means tourist money......

Jalan Hang Tuah in Kuala Lumpur do no sound historical, but it will be great for Malacca. If the tourist ask what is the significance of Hang Tuah to the street in Kuala Lumpur, the tourist guide will have hard time to explain. Names cannot simply change, it must have historical significance....

List of KL Old Roads

Ampang Road - Jalan Ampang
Ampang Street - Leboh Ampang
Batu Road - Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman
Birch Road - Jalan Maharajalela
Bluff Road - Jalan Bukit Aman
Brickfields Road - Jalan Sambanthan
Campbell Road - Jalan Dang Wangi
Cecil Street - Jalan Hang Lekir
Church Street - Jalan Gereja
Clarke Street - Jalan Mahkamah Tinggi
Club Road - Jalan Parlimen
Cross Street - Jalan Silang
Dickson Street - Jalan Masjid India
Davidson Road - Jalan Hang Jebat
Foch Avenue - Jalan Cheng Lock
High Street - Jalan Bandar - Jalan Tun H S Lee
Holland Road - Jalan Mahkamah Persekutuan
Hospital Road - Jalan Chendersari
Java Street - Mountbatten Road - Jalan Tun Perak
Klyne Street - Jalan Hang Lekiu
Malacca Street - Jalan Melaka
Market Street - Leboh Pasar Besar
Old Market Square (Macao Street + Hokkien Street) - Medan Pasar
Parry Road - Jalan P Ramlee
Petaling Street - Jalan Petaling
Pudoh Street - Jalan Pudu
Rodger Street - Jalan Hang Kasturi
Shaw Road - Jalan Hang Tuah
Station Street - Jalan Balai Polis
Sultan Street - Jalan Sultan
Swettenham Road - Jalan Mahameru
Theatre Street - Jalan Panggong
Treacher Road - Jalan Sultan Ismail
Venning Road - Jalan Perdana
Victoria Avenue - Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin
Weld Road - Jalan Raja Chulan

Can you still remember the old names of the street? Where is Weld Road my friend? Remember Cold Storage?.....


  1. i'd like to add one... there's guillemard road, present day jalan duta.

  2. Pre-war shoplots on Jalan Petaling & Jalan Sultan, some of which are more than a century old, will be torn down to make way for an underground MRT line. Acquisition notices have been served and a famous Malaysian tourist landmark known all over the world will have its landscape changed. Most of us here have been here for decades, some close to a century even. Generation after generation, we have toiled, worked and preserved this place and made it into what it is today.

    Soon, Yook Woo Hin where KL residents will fondly remember stopping by for a 'pau' or Chinese steamed bun on the way to school, Yan Keng the tailor who made our country's first Prime Minister Tunku Abdul Rahman his coat and the quaint and rustic Lok Ann Hotel which has been in business since 1957 will be no more.

    We are not against development, in fact the MRT line will make it even easier for tourists and Malaysians alike to visit Jalan Petaling & Jalan Sultan. We are however, and this is important, against the arbitrary acquisition of the property where we've been operating our businesses on for years. The line runs underground anyway so we do not see why the acquisition is even required in the first place. We just want to make a living here in this place we quite literally call home.

    Please help support our cause to raise awareness about our plight!