KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 27 — Jalan Raja Laut 1, a road in Malaysia’s national capital Kuala Lumpur, has been renamed as Jalan Palestin, as seen in a Facebook post by the Federal Territories Ministry.
In a post on its official Facebook page late last night, the ministry wrote a simple remark stating: “Do you know Jalan Raja Laut 1 is now known as Jalan Palestin as a symbolic of us opposing and fighting for the freedom of Palestine from the Zionist Israel regime. Good job DBKL!”
In the same post, the ministry reposted photographs of the September 26 inauguration ceremony for the renamed road that it said was attended by Kuala Lumpur mayor Datuk Nor Hisham Ahmad Dahlan and Palestine’s ambassador to Malaysia Walid Abu Ali, crediting the information to a post yesterday on the Viva Palestina Malaysia Facebook page.
The ministry also featured photographs of the event that it attributed to zayan.my.
The Federal Territories Ministry’s Facebook post was subsequently shared on the official Facebook page of the Prime Minister’s Department.
In a statement posted on its official Facebook page this afternoon, the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) confirmed the name change for Jalan Raja Laut 1 to Jalan Palestin, which it said took effect from September 26.
In the statement prepared by DBKL’s Corporate Planning Department’s media unit, DBKL said that the proposal to establish Jalan Palestin in Kuala Lumpur was birthed during the Majlis Himpunan Hari Quds Sedunia that was held at Dataran DBKL from May 26 to May 31, 2019.
“In that gathering, the Federal Territories Ministry had applied to DBKL to name a road in Kuala Lumpur as Jalan Palestin.
“The naming is a symbol of Malaysia’s support towards Palestinians’ struggle in opposing oppression,” it said.
“The process to identify a suitable road as Jalan Palestin took quite a long time as it had to be done meticulously and had to go through other necessary procedures,” the statement by DBKL said.
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