THE longest abbreviation in the world is now the name of a road in Teluk Intan, Perak.
Jalan SKOMK, the shortened version of SKOMKHPKJCDPWB, or Syarikat Orang-Orang Melayu Kerajaan Hilir Perak Bekerja Sama-Sama Kerana Jimat Cermat Simpanan Dan Pinjaman Wang Dengan Tanggungan Berhad, is located next to the building complex with the same name.
Pasir Bedamar assemblyman RN Terence Naidu said the road sign was put up a few days before Malaysia Day.
“I remember reading about the name being inscribed in the Guinness World Records (GWR) as the longest abbreviation in the world during my school days. I felt proud that it had come from Teluk Intan.
“I have been trying to get the Teluk Intan Municipal Council to get a road named after it as a tourist attraction,” he told StarMetro.
“I have also agreed to allocate RM20,000 to put it up, along with an information board detailing the sinking of a steamship in Sungai Perak, whereby its boiler could still be seen during low tide.”
Terence added that he was also planning to get the road recognised as the road with the longest name.
“I hope the road and the information board can attract local and foreign tourists,” he added.
The cooperative, formerly known as Syarikat Pekerja-Pekerja Kerajaan Hilir Perak, was started in 1923.
It had its name changed to the longer version the following year when it was recognised by the GWR. It is still the longest abbreviation in the world.
Terence said it was his childhood dream to see Teluk Intan become a well-known tourist destination.
“My dream is slowly beginning to materialise.
“Together with the Teluk Intan Tourism Association, Tourism Malaysia, Tourism Perak, the municipal council and other relevant stakeholders, we are all doing our best to make Teluk Intan a popular tourism destination,” he said. — By IVAN LOH