Jalan Alor and other old roads

What's the reason behind changing a road name? Frankly I can't think of any good reason really. In my opinion, roads, once named, should not be changed at all, unless the road is so physically different due to reconstruction maybe. Lately, the name change from Jalan Alor to Jalan Kejora baffles many Kuala Lumpur folk- what's the real reason behind this, only DBKL knows.

Here's a list of prominent roads in KL which have undergone name changes:

Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin > Victory Avenue
Jalan Sultan Ismail > Jalan Treacher
Jalan Hang Tuah > Jalan Shaw
Jalan Hang Jebat > Jalan Davidson
Jalan Maharajalela > Jalan Birch
Jalan Perdana > Jalan Venning
Jalan Cenderasari > Jalan Hospital, Jalan Young
Jalan Cenderawasih > Jalan Spooner
Jalan Esfahan > Jalan Selat
Jalan P Ramlee > Jalan Parry
Jalan Tun H S Lee > High Street
Jalan Dang Wangi > Jalan Campbell
Jalan Semarak > Jalan Henry Gurney
Jalan Raja Abdullah > Jalan Hale
Jalan Raja Muda Abdul Aziz > Jalan Raja Muda
Jalan Raja Alang > Jalan Hans
Jalan Hang Kasturi > Jalan Rodger
Jalan Hang Lekiu > Klyne Street
Jalan Hang Lekir > Cecil Street
Lebuh Pasar Besar > Market Street
Jalan Tun Tan Siew Sin > Jalan Silang
Jalan Raja Chulan > Jalan Weld
Jalan Tun Razak > Jalan Pekeliling
Medan Pasar Besar > Old Market Square
Jalan Dato Onn > Residency Road
Jalan Ledang > Jalan Gallagher
Jalan Sultan Sallahuddin > Jalan Swettenham
Jalan Syed Putra > Jalan Lorraine
Jalan Tun Sambanthan > Jalan Brickfields
Jalan Tun Ismail > Jalan Maxwell
Jalan Kebun Bunga > Orchid Road
Jalan Petaling > Petaling Street
Jalan Wisma Putra > Persiaran Hose
Jalan Istana > Jalan Taylor
Jalan Dewan Bahasa > Jalan Lapangan Terbang
Jalan Mahkamah Tinggi > Jalan Clarke
Jalan Mahkamah Persekutuan > Jalan Belanda
Jalan Berhala > Jalan Kandang Kerbau
Jalan Tangsi > Barrack Road
Persiaran Mahameru > Persiaran Swettenham
Persiaran Sultan Salahuddin > Jalan Cliford
Jalan Tunku Putra > Jalan Natesa
Jalan Semarang > Jalan Broadrick
Jalan Haji Yahya Sheikh Ahmad > Jalan Watson
Jalan Dewan Sultan Sulaiman > Jalan Stony
Jalan Bukit Tunku > Jalan Bukit Kenny


  1. Great move DBKL!

    Just imagine the amount of printing materials that's required to update others for letterheads, business cards, hawker signage, etc.

    Somehow, 'Kejora Char Kuey Teow' (with extra seeham) does not have the same taste to me.

    And of course, when SYTs sez "Kejora mali" and you'd go "Huh?".

  2. Making new signages generates the economy. I wonder whether Jalan Alor is the only casualty or are the lessor known roads which have had their names changed. I wonder if there's a big road sign project going on...?

    'Kejora mali'... sounds like being from a different planet eh. The original colonial road names above actually sound quite cool. Yea, change the road name so that Malaysia has an localized identity of its own but does the roads actually make much of a difference except to hide the fact that we were once 'colonized' by the British. Singapore, our neighbor down south, maintains a sizable number of roads with Malay names, hence they are not hiding the fact that they were once part of Malaysia. Part of Malaysia, and doing better than Malaysia.

    Anyway, 'Kejora' sounds horrible- name does not befit road. DBKL, the rakyat does not accept this name change- take it back!