THE 12-year battle to rename Jalan Lintang in Sungai Siput after Tun VT Sambanthan is over after the Perak Public Works Department gave its approval recently, Malaysia Nanban reported.
The idea was mooted in a Sungai Siput Municipal Council meeting way back in 2009 by a councillor identified as Kalimuthu.
The proposal received the support of MIC and Gerakan representatives on the council but could not proceed as the 21km road was under the Public Works Department’s jurisdiction and not the council.
Sambantan was born in the small town and became one of the founding fathers of the Federation of Malaya and was a signatory to the Declaration of Independence.
He was the leader of the Malayan Indian Congress at the time and was credited for unifying the diverse Indian diaspora in Malaya politically under MIC.
The renaming of the major road is seen as important to preserve his legacy and his roots in Sungai Siput, Perak.