The latest to express displeasure at the proposal is councillor M. Nalan.
“I will raise the matter at the council’s Township Beautification sub-committee meeting next month to oppose the proposed name change of Chetty Padang to Taman Warisan. Name changes cannot be done at someone’s whims and fancies; there must be consultation.
“Chetty Padang’s name must be retained so that the cultural past is not erased,” Nalan told StarMetro.Opposition to the name change has gained momentum among the locals, resulting in Nalan, who is in charge of the Little India area, receiving numerous phone calls on the matter.
Chetty Padang, which is the size of three football fields, is located in the Indian business enclave of Little India.
It is slated for a major transformation as MPK’s Gardens Parks and Recreation Department plans to spend RM2.5mil to restore the neglected field in Jalan Bukit Jawa, next to the Sri Nagara Thandayuthapani Hindu temple.
On Nov 13, StarMetro had a front-page report on the redevelopment of Chetty Padang where the department’s former acting director Nurul Huda Bahrom said in the recommended plans, an archway with the proposed name “Taman Warisan” would be built.
An upset Nalan, 45, said: “MPK’s Gardens Parks and Recreation Department failed to brief me or other councillors on the ideas proposed by the consultant architect and urban designer.”
“It is a shame that I had to find out about the proposed project and name change from the newspaper. I serve the people and MPK officials must keep me updated,” he said.
This is not the first time that MPK has tried to rename Chetty Padang.
In April 2009, the council renamed the field Laman Sukan Majlis Perbandaran Klang but reverted to the old name after much opposition. In 2016, the council proposed the name Little India be changed to Kelana Square but again dropped the idea after opposition from locals.
Entrepreneurs Association of Little India Klang president Charles Manickam said he was glad that Nalan planned to speak out on the issue to MPK, adding that the department’s proposed name showed disregard for the area’s heritage.
“Chetty Padang is a name that all Klangites can relate to and there is no need to rebrand the field as Taman Warisan. We are agreeable to the refurbishment of Chetty Padang but the name must not be changed,” he said.