JOHOR BARU: Just like Fleet Street in London which is famous for its press and newspaper-linked businesses, Johor Baru has Jalan Maju in Taman Maju Jaya.
Among the media organisations with offices along Jalan Maju included Star Media Group Bhd, China Press Bhd, Nanyang Siang Pau and Sin Chew Daily.
There are also several newspaper agencies situated along the one-kilometer stretch which distributed newspapers as well as magazines to subscribers and outlets selling them.
While Jalan Maju might not be as interesting as Fleet Street with impressive buildings and significant history, nevertheless the street has its own attractions.
There are several eateries offering a wide choice of Chinese food as well as 24-hour Indian Muslim restaurants attracting not only locals but also Singaporeans.
The major landmark in the area is Plaza Pelangi shopping complex located at Jalan Kuning, Taman Pelangi which is just a few metres away from Jalan Maju.
Johor Baru City Council (MBJB) is now adding more attractions here, like the mural at Jalan Maju depicting a kiosk selling newspaper like in the olden days.
MBJB commissioned Kluang-based freelance artist Goh Chair Chuen to undertake the mural painting project at the lane along the street.
“We started on the mural early this month and took about a week to finish it, ’’ said Goh, adding that MBJB gave him permission to come up with the idea for the mural.
“I decided on a kiosk selling newspapers which aptly described Jalan Maju as Johor Baru’s newspaper street, ” he said.
He was assisted by two freelance artists, Isaac Pang Yee Khai and Chiam Hui Ru to paint the mural.
“I hope the mural will attract visitors to Jalan Maju like the murals in old parts of Johor Baru, ’’ said Goh.
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