Like all other historical urban centres, the capital city of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur
, contains a number of current and old roads and streets
across the city.
This article contains an alphabetical list of notable roads within Kuala Lumpur.
The majority of older roads in and around Kuala Lumpur were originally formed during British rule
, and as such, were written primarily in English and were named after British figures of various fields, a handful of local dignitaries or royalties, districts, local populations, landmarks or geographical features. Other surrounding locales, such as Kampung Baru
have had roads known primarily in Malay
since colonial rule.
Following Malaya's independence
in 1957 and the formation of Malaysia
in 1965, street names in Kuala Lumpur were translated into the Malay language, some of which were given more simplified descriptions (i.e. "Old Market Square" as "Medan Pasar Besar
" and "Foch Avenue" as "Jalan Foch
"), as Malay was officially adopted as the official language of Malaysia in 1967.
The vast majority of the street names were further renamed en masse
in 1981, as part of post-independence decolonisation
pushed by the then newly elected Prime Minister of Malaysia Mahathir Mohammad
. Street names which previously featured semblances of English origins were replaced by those commemorating local Malay figures, Malay culture and key politicians in Malaya/Malaysia. The... Read More