IPOH: Works to install "Jalan Tun Dr S Samy Vellu" road signs in Sungai Siput are now being planned, says Perak Public Works Department (JKR) director Hamdan Ali.
He said that JKR's Kuala Kangsar branch is coordinating the effort with the Kuala Kangsar municipal council as well as a non-governmental organisation.
Hamdan added that a 9.35km stretch of the Ipoh-Butterworth trunk road will be named after the former MIC president.
It runs from the Kinta-Kuala Kangsar border until the junction at Taman Makmur in Sungai Siput.
"The new name was gazetted on Dec 15.
"An application to name a road after Samy Vellu was actually submitted to JKR by S Kalimuthu from the Sungai Siput MIC parliamentary office on Jan 25 last year," he said when contacted on Wednesday (March 29).
Samy Vellu passed away aged 86 on Sept 15 last year.
He was the MIC president from 1979 to 2010 and Sungai Siput MP from 1974 to 2008 and served as the works minister from 1983 to 1989 and again from 1995 to 2008.