Name change to Jalan-What-Have-You

pic from The Star


Jalan ALor is going to have a name change to Jalan what-have-you.

For those never been to KL, Jalan ALor is a street right next to Jalan Bukit Bintang, the most important Commercial road in the city. It used to be a red light district , but now the street has many hawkers and food stalls and some 2-star and no-star hotels catering to the budget tourists from overseas.

It is a well known street, and in most internal portals on tourism , you will probably find a mention of this street, if the portal talks about Kuala Lumpur. To local, even if we do not go there (I have never been there for so many years except passing by in cars), it is a landmark and a major tourist draw to the night city life. But I am not alien to the street as some of my patients stay in that street.

Now, some little napoleaons cum smart-alecks have decided that the name is too obnoxious and a name change is in order. It is like all your life, your friends have been calling you Jackie, and then suddenly, some power-that-be asks you to change your name to Jieko…or something like that.

It is like changing the name of Kuala Lumpur to Kuda Lari.

What is the rationale of changing such a name? Is it to spend a huge sum of money changing the road signs, official street maps etc… Or is it to satisfy the self important ego of certain napoleons , to be able to cause headaches to traders in that area? And to cause problems to tourists and visitors who might still be using the old name of Alor?

Imagine, you need to inform all your business partners, local or overseas, about the name change. You need to print all your stationary again, your name cards again. You need to be psychologically tuned to a diffferent name,. All at the fancy of one official.

This is the symptoms of a deeper malaise in the local authority, especially DBKL. Since this is a closed service, officials in DBKL have been acting like kings…. Even if they have committed mistakes, they cannot be transferred out, the most they can be transferred is  to another department, but still in KL.  Even MPs of KL have no say about how things are run, this is how powerful this local authority has become.

The officials have forgotten that this is a people’s government and that the civil service is actually the servants of the people- that is why they are called civil servants. They choose to see it another way. That they are not servants of the people, but arms and legs of the big brother (Kaki Tangan).

After the March 8 election, I have suggested to KL Gerakan that we must push for an elected Mayor. KL residents, unlike their counterparts if other states, have only one vote for the parliamentary seat. They have no DUN seats( State seats). So rightfully, the mayor should be elected, to give the KL residents a chance to exercise their second vote.

An elected mayor would then be more accountable to the people of Kuala Lumpur, and would not change the name to Kuda Lari at his whims and fancies.


27 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Justin Choo
    Oct 22, 2008 @ 12:07:01

    Doctor, Oh Doctor,

    No other way but ONE way. This government need to be CHANGED.

    May I suggest that the name of the road be further changed to Jalan Along!!

    So long Doctor!!


  2. Justin Choo
    Oct 22, 2008 @ 12:08:05

    I mean Jalan Ah Long!


  3. Meng
    Oct 22, 2008 @ 12:28:38

    Don’t worry , the next election will see to it. Pakatan will rule, We will have a Chinese Mayor just like in Penang in the 50s.


  4. Dr Hsu
    Oct 22, 2008 @ 12:30:13

    I am all for a change of government , but aren’t we all disappointed that ‘date’comes and ‘date’ goes, and nothing happens.

    So in the short term, there is no chance of a change. The next best option is to talk
    and influence the government to practice better governance… Another 4 years at the rate this is going , we will all be dead..not physically but you know what i mean.

    In the mean time, we influence and hope that some of the Bn parties can leave and help strengthen the third force, which, like the Free Democratic Party of Germany, has been able to support this or that coalition to make sure that good policies prevail.

    We must do several things at the same time, so as to make people’s life better.

    Pushing for a mayor election is one of these small things that can help in a big way the lives of ordinary people in KL. It does not matter that Gerakan would probably lose in a contest for Mayor and DAP would probably win the post in a big way; we still need to push for a mayor election for the sake of the people.


  5. cruzeiro
    Oct 22, 2008 @ 12:46:59

    To those who wish for a Chinese Mayor, I suggest you take a one way ticket to China – you’ll find him there ….

    As for the KL Mayor – it don’t matter if it is a white mayor or black mayor.
    If he can do his job, isolate, alienate & lock up the rats – he’s a good mayor ….


  6. Dr Hsu
    Oct 22, 2008 @ 13:02:51

    cruzeiro, exactly. White cats or black cats, as long as it catches mice, it is a good cat.. Deng Xiao Pin said this……


  7. jamesloh
    Oct 22, 2008 @ 13:16:52

    this never stop amazing me each time i hear news like this..either u vomit blodd or u just laugh abt it..change just to feel more malaysian? eat more petai maybe ! doc., next round we make sure we have the last laugh


  8. clearwater
    Oct 22, 2008 @ 15:33:46

    Only in Malaysia can such a stupid mistake be made unilaterally by little Napoleons who still try to justify their hare brained action! This would be so idiotic if it is not also disruptive to tourists and businesses alike. How can one possibly throw away a “famous” name that is known the world over? Did Singapore rename Bugis Street after its makeover? Did the US rename Wall Street after its financial meltdown? Was anyone doing business in or around Jalan Alor consulted on the name change? Tourists polled? Man on the street asked? No?


  9. Looking for Hockey players for TVC
    Oct 22, 2008 @ 16:10:05

    Dr + friends

    Just ask Dr Tan Seng Giaw, about roads name changes in JinJang + Kepong.

    How many sets of Road Signs were changed and the cost of the signages. The Contractors can practically earn a huge profit from 1 name change alone.

    Even helicopters that cost Billions could be marked up double……………Just ask yourselves, why else would DBKL bother at all.

    Well, looks like most of our authorities, local, state or federally are all a bunch of clowns, aren’t they…….Dr Donny Wong.


  10. Rights for all
    Oct 22, 2008 @ 16:42:26

    Looking for Hockey players for TVC

    Yes, just look at the silly names in Kepong Baru. Instead of the usual running sequence numbers Jln 23, 25, 27..etc, they were changed to Jln Antoi, Jln Chiak, Jln Api-Api. How do you expect a visitor to find such a road…god knows.

    Maybe BN was frustrated that they couldn’t beat Dr. Tan Seng Giaw for the seat, the residents were punished instead. Until today, the residents still used the old address for their letters and the postman was kind enough to deliver them.


  11. omo
    Oct 22, 2008 @ 16:46:03

    Not only in Kepong but also in Jalan Pahang. In the past, there are many bangalows near Lake Titiwangsa owned by many Chinese Malaysians and they change the name. I think road next parallel to Jalan Alor is used to called TungShin Terace and DBKL just changed it. Now, we also need to change the BN Government. Enough of their way of pushing the rakyat.
    Also look at the mayor. Spend over 1M Ringgit on overseas trip but KL is getting worst – Traffic jams, dirty places with rats running over, flood etc.


  12. aaa
    Oct 22, 2008 @ 23:02:37

    stupidity par excellence.

    Ketuanan in show.

    exasperated is my feelling now. when do we remove such idiotics running city hall?


  13. hoe hong seng
    Oct 23, 2008 @ 12:37:29

    Daer Dr.

    Conspirasy….they Civil servants try to topple BN government….
    BN-308 are the coneqquent of the various FUNNY acts of these groups……JFF but 89.93% true.


    Oct 23, 2008 @ 13:41:09

    The only reason Malaysia is a peaceful country is because the minority people in Malaysia is Non-Muslim !


    Oct 23, 2008 @ 14:30:19

    The comments in ‘ about “Sabah PAS seeks action against Upko head” is very true.


  16. Steven
    Oct 23, 2008 @ 14:43:00

    Aiyaya….you people…wake up! Don’t you get it? Don’t you know that the sole reason these stupid useless DBKL napoleons come up with this name changes in Jinjang, Kepong, Jalan Pahang, Jalan Alor, is so that they can get another opportunity to milk the rakyat’s hard-earned cash! Have to find ways to make money mah!


  17. ruyom
    Oct 23, 2008 @ 15:43:23

    The truth is that Umno has ruled supreme for the last 50 years. It always got its way because the dominant ethnic majority of the country always supported its policies.

    The state of the nation is corrupt, racist, discriminatory, abusive, unjust, inefficient, and backwards. If Malaysia stinks then it is because Umno stinks.

    If the “morals of the country” stinks, then it is because the morals of Umno politicians stinks.

    I won’t even discuss the morality of explosives and murder of foreign nationals as most people seem to be able to tell the difference between right and wrong in this instance.

    Instead, I shall talk about Umno corruption and Umno racism as the former will occasion the disastrous downfall of this nation, and the latter will be the downfall of the malays.

    Umno teaches that it is just to discriminate against all non-malays and non-Muslims: jobs, education, schools, colleges, universities, business opportunities, government contracts, taxes, and even finding a cemetery to bury the dead.

    Umno teaches that it is right to discriminate on the basis of a person race, culture, language or religious belief.

    In front of non-malays, it speaks of tolerance and unity in diversity, and in front of malays it speaks of race, religious, cultural and language supremacy, and the glorification of power and ethnic subjugation.

    Bung Mokhtar leadership role as characterised by a yobbish machismo, obscene gestures, medieval attitudes towards women and minorities, and strutting bigotry within Umno is not only not an accident of chance, but an exemplary example of Umno appeal to the baser instincts and darker fantasies of its ethnic constituency.

    To the vernacular schools it gives a pittance for support, and to malay language schools, there is no need to be diplomatic and call them “national language” schools, it gives 100% support.

    As for English-medium schools, the type that made Malaysian education the best in South East Asia, and our school leavers the most sought after anywhere in the civilised world, they were made extinct, courtesy of Umno language and cultural supremacist fantasies.

    So we are left with unemployable graduates with deplorable job skills and prospects.

    Umno policies caused a brain drain to Australia, New Zealand, UK, Canada, and the US.

    Umno language supremacist policies caused the extinction of the best high quality education that Malaysia and the malays would ever know.

    Umno perversion of the very idea of meritocracy in favour of racist discrimination has ensured the lack of meritocractic competition for all Malaysians.

    Sooner or later, the malays will realise that denying meritocracy to non-malays guarantees that there can be no meritocracy for malays even within their own community.

    The fact that there is no notable inferiority complex nor entitlement complex or NEP dependence amongst the non-malays is no accident.

    If the non-malays were the dominant ethnic majority, and they had an Umno-like racist party to lead them with promises of ethnic supremacy, racial discrimination and ethnic privileges, then I believe they would have lost their self-confidence, self-respect and self-belief too.

    Farish Noor once said “Umno ternak melayu untuk disembelih”.

    I agree, and if the dominant ethnic majority fails to see past Umno seductive promises of ethnic supremacy and false gods of ethnic aggrandisement, then we are all finished.


  18. Steven
    Oct 23, 2008 @ 16:27:20

    Just to digress, read this in the MT blog today:

    “Dr Ahmad Atory said BN leaders should instead be focusing on the more vital issue of winning back the people’s confidence.

    They really need to go back and study the whole situation and find the root cause of the problem, then come up with brilliant ideas to really help the coalition woo back voters in the next general election.

    You can get your own party members’ support but, at the end of day, what matters is the masses,” he said.”

    Gee, now they are getting academics to root for them, instead of their own umno goons mouthing off opposing views whenever any of their BN component parties come up with proposals that are not to their liking. Hey, Dr Ahmad Atory, you called yourself an academic when you can’t even see the simple solution to the root cause of their problem. A three year-old kid can tell you this: Get rid of the rampant corruption in umno, restore the independent judiciary process, stop the abuse of powers by the umnoputras, haul the ass of the DPM to prison for all his wrong doings, make sure the police do their jobs of keeping the country safe for its citizenry, oh..and more importantly, tell them the rakyat are the bosses, not the umno goons! If you can do all these and plenty more, then I guarantee you will win back the rakyat’s confidence in no time at all. Get it, you idiot!


  19. romerz
    Oct 23, 2008 @ 17:27:36

    Very very well said ruyom.


  20. nick
    Oct 23, 2008 @ 19:04:50

    Whenever my children return from overseas, the first place they want to hang out is Jalan Alor. At the center or just about, there is a shop called Meng Kee run by a husband and wife team. The wife is a cute lady who knows anything and everything. Good people! Brilliant eating place. Try the CKT, frogleg porridge, ikan bakar, Jui Hoo Eng Chai and drown it down with chilled beer. The prices are so reasonable. Who cares about the name change, another reason not to vote for BN. Cheers!


  21. Damocles
    Oct 23, 2008 @ 21:17:58

    “I am all for a change of government , but aren’t we all disappointed that ‘date’comes and ‘date’ goes, and nothing happens.

    So in the short term, there is no chance of a change. The next best option is to talk
    and influence the government to practice better governance… Another 4 years at the rate this is going , we will all be dead..not physically but you know what i mean.”

    Doc, you should start the ball rolling by getting Gerakan to pull out of the BN!
    It’s a well known fact that even a BN MP of KL said that DBKL is like the king and you have to beg them to do anything!
    Just imagine, this coming from a government MP!
    Also, they only have an advisory board to “guide” them! No doubt they treat them as jokers! What are they compared to a government MP?!
    So, is it surprising they behaved like kings?
    Doc, get the Gerakan out of BN, the sooner the better – there’s no time to lose.


  22. Dr Hsu
    Oct 23, 2008 @ 22:33:45

    damocles, i am trying hard. That is why on Saturday, I am skipping my clicni and go up Penang to join two like minded persons to debate an very important person.

    There may not be any winners, but we hope that the three small fries can pull together ewnough points to convince our top leader to consider pulling the party out.

    At the sam time I am going to raise it in meetings, with members.


  23. Steven
    Oct 24, 2008 @ 00:01:25

    Dr Hsu, I am sure your party, once out of BN, will gain support from the people and this irrespective of whether you join PR or not. It’s guts we are after, so tell Koh to show some!


  24. nick
    Oct 24, 2008 @ 11:08:44

    Dr. Hsu, let me give you some ammunition. I have many indian friends and they tell me that banning Hindraf by this Government was the biggest mistake ever. They also said 90% of Indians support the “ideas” and “issues” highlighted by Hindraf. The UMNO-led Government is in dramatic decline. And Gerakan still wish to link up with this racist, useless, out-dated, low-IQ BN Government? If so, Gerakan can just kiss itself goodbye. I am more than certain that every component party in the BN will be wiped out at the next GE. ta ta!


  25. robertchai
    Oct 24, 2008 @ 16:02:06

    Ban Hindraf maybe a temporary solution. But the issues that outline needed to be solve and not swept under the carpet. We need a solution and discuss in a rational manner. We need to gear up our economy to face the uncertainty in the global economic.

    Are we happy with the hardship imposed by the economic? At the end of the days, the people still need bread and butter. Where are we moving? Whereas Gerakan is concern, the party will survive with their new leadership acting like conscience in BN. BN government will reinvent, rebranding and rejuvenate with a new dynamic leadership. Watch out in the next election. Where we learn history, PR component parties have their dark hour and worst performance. Have the BN lose the government? BN have not lose everything but the people are looking if PR lead government really improving their qualities of life. You have the answer.


  26. zztop
    Oct 24, 2008 @ 16:11:36

    These bums in DBKL have nothing better to do to change an important historical road name at their whims and fancies. Have they any brains at all??. Just look at the number of complaints in the papers and websites. These bums are real dunggus.
    Streets are dirty, traffic jams everywhere, crimes at all corners etc… and yet these bums have the time to change a street name. Dont they know that they have given the rakyat from ordinary people right up to the budinessman a big heartache, time and money. Downright stupidity to the core. Wake up dumb dumb and not act like your sleepy flip flop guy.
    I hope the rakyat will change the mayor in the next election instead. He still have all these little “napoleans” who have not got a clue how to serve the people. Either he is sleeping, arrogant or NOT FIT to be a mayor in the first place.


  27. pohwatchdog
    Oct 24, 2008 @ 21:10:04

    What big deal changing a road from Jalan Alor to Jalan Kejora? What we want from DBKL is proactive action to clean up the street, proper rubbish collection and vibrant city cleaniness. What have really happen DBKL is proper enforcement in KL to make KL as liveable and vibrant city?

    The role of local government is to serve, beautiful garden and park, proper green landscaping. keeping proper law and order. It will give KL a better image and help to generate more tourist money.


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