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Thursday January 15, 2009
By EMBUN MAJID
ALOR SETAR: Kedah’s state capital has returned to its original name of Alor Setar with immediate effect.
Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Azizan Abdul Razak said the decision was made during the state exco meeting here yesterday, adding that the state government would change its letterhead and road signage in line with the move.
“We decided upon the proposal submitted by the Housing and Local Government unit which felt that the original name of Alor Setar is much suited than the current name.
“The name Alor Setar was given when the area was opened as the state administrative centre more that 300 years ago,” he said after chairing the state exco meeting.
The name was changed to Alor Star four years ago to give it a modern sound.
According to the state’s history, the name Alor Setar comes from two words – “Alor” which means small river and “Setar” which is the name of a tree, bouea macrophylla, which bears small, sourish fruits.
Sultan Muhammad Jiwa Zainal Abidin opened Alor Setar on Dec 31, 1735 when he moved his palace from Kota Bukit Pinang to Kota Setar. Kota Setar was eventually renamed Alor Setar.
Alor Setar was the eighth administrative centre for Kedah after Kota Bukit Meriam, Kota Sungai Emas, Kota Siputeh,
Kota Naga, Kota Sena, Kota
Indera Kayangan and Kota Bukit Pinang.
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