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Councillors oppose proposal to rename Brook Drive in Sibu

SIBU, Monday 28 February 2011 (Bernama) -- Several councillors of the Sibu Municipal Council have opposed plans to rename Brooke Drive, one of the oldest roads here, after the name of a deceased community leader.

One of them, Abang Iskandar Abang Latif, said Brooke Drive, which was a major road passing through mainly residential areas of the town, had historical significance.

He said it (Brooke Drive) was to remind the new generation of the state's history when it was ruled by the White Rajah, beginning with Raja James Brooke in 1841.

Bringing up the issue at the council's monthly meeting here today, Abang Iskandar said it should be noted that Kuching and Miri too, had roads named as 'Brooke Drive'.

Robert Lau Hui Yew and Patrick Tong, who supported him, said the name should be retained, largely for the same reason.

Council deputy chairman Daniel Ngieng said the council appreciated the inputs of the councillors.

He said, in renamimg a road, it needed the approval of the state government and the application must be accompanied by strong justification.

Soo Teck Kee had said an association had proposed to rename part of Brooke Drive as Datuk Teng Jin Hua Road, in memory of the leader of the Chinese Heng Hua community who passed away, about two years ago.

The proposal would affect a two-kilometre stretch of the Brooke Drive.

MySinchew 2011.02.28


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