Lembah Pantai MP Fahmi Fadzil mission to restore the traditional name of Kampung Kerinchi from ‘Bangsar South’ has been successful as a proclamation ceremony today (19th January 2019) has declared to return the urban settlements to its old name.
According to the Malay Mail the area was increasingly gentrified and renamed Bangsar South roughly seven years ago, an attempt by developers to associate the prestige of an unrelated suburb to the north known to be affluent and hip.
“There is a mismatch between a place being sold and touted as Bangsar South with the reality that this was not Bangsar to begin with. Bangsar is north of the Federal Highway on the other side.
“This has never been Bangsar. This has always been Kampung Kerinchi,” Fahmi was reported to have told Malay Mail in an interview yesterday.
“This has never been Bangsar. This has always been Kampung Kerinchi.
“When the highway was opened in 1956, it effectively split Kampung Kerinchi into half. As developments around Jalan Pantai Baharu intensified, squatters were forced to migrate and finally settled in People’s Housing Project units that we see here,” he said.
After todays official proclamation event, which used the word “pemasyhuran” which carries a royal connotation, it will further cement the area as Kampung Kerinchi.
“The ceremony will allow us to designate the socio-cultural space that forms what we understand to be Kampung Kerinchi in Kuala Lumpur.
“This does not mean we will obliterate everything that is Bangsar South but the re-emphasis that this area historically and culturally is Kampung Kerinchi,” said Fahmi, adding that ‘kampung’ should not have a negative connotation of meaning backwards.
“The only thing backwards is our mentality. What is the point of having a first-rate city but having poor mentality?” he asked.
The next step would be the construction of 3 arches at the major entry points into Kampung Kerinchi. These will be located nearby the Universiti LRT Station, the Petronas petrol station and Jalan Pantai Sentral. The arches would carry the message “Selamat Datang ke Kampung Kerinchi, Kayo Di Hati Kami”.
by Bob Tan
19th January 2019 15:20