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No pejorative road names in Shah Alam

A Google Map screen-grab of the rudely-named, Jalan Keling Pundek 1.

A Google Map screen-grab of the rudely-named, Jalan Keling Pundek 1.

Zaidi Azmi
Written by Zaidi Azmi

KUALA LUMPUR – August 3, 2017: The Shah Alam City Council (MBSA) has strongly denied that it had given a pejorative name to a road there.

According to Google Maps, the road is in Kampung Bukit Naga, Section 32.

In response, MBSA corporate communications deputy director, Shahrin Ahmad, pointed out that most roads in the municipality are named after flowers, musical instruments, metals, fruits, occupations and rivers.

“This particular road name does not exist. Google Maps is wrong. I went to the location yesterday and saw that it was just an unnamed village road.

“We are not a bunch of insensitive bigots that would simply use racial slurs in naming any road here,” said Shahrin.

The roads in Section 32 are named after several rivers, namely Jalan Sungai Long, Jalan Sungai Damansara, Jalan Sungai Renggam, Jalan Sungai Rasau, Jalan Sungai Ramal and Jalan Sungai Merbau.

Mashitah Sidek, a resident of Kampung Bukit Naga, also denied the existence of such a road.

“I have lived here for over 50 years and this is the first time I heard about this. Everyone here just calls it Jalan Sungai Long. Even the postmen know this road by that name,” said the 58-year-old homestay owner.

News of the supposedly ill-named road went viral in several Internet gossip forum since yesterday, with many calling it a sick joke and demanding an explanation from Google Malaysia.

The Mole’s attempt for a clarification from Google Malaysia was unsuccessful.

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A mixed Google Map view of the controversial road.

 

 

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Zaidi Azmi

Zaidi Azmi

Despite becoming The MOLE's journalist in 2014, he still has a hard time traversing the city. If he is not lost, this northern kampung boy can be found struggling to make some sense out of the Malaysian political sphere.