Protests mark attempt to change Malaysia’s `Little India’

April 4th, 2009 - 2:55 pm ICT by ANI  

Klang (Malaysia), Apr.4 (ANI): Attempts to change the name `Little India’ in Malaysia’s Klang area have led to protests by both traders and residents.

The Klang Municipal Council had put up a signboard renaming the famous field Laman Sukan Majlis Perbandaran Klang. But they had to remove it yesterday.

The original name for the 0.9ha field has become synonymous with Little India.

Chetty Padang is named after the Chettiar Hindu temple there and the community that lives in the vicinity.

Before the Pandamaran sports complex was built, it was the venue for many important hockey games.

The controversy comes on the heels of another proposal to change the name of Little India to Medan Kelana. The council dropped the idea after a huge public outcry, the New Strait Times reports.

Locals fear the two incidents are part of an attempt to erase the identity of the Little India area. The authorities have denied this. (ANI)

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