Informative road signage

Tourists and locals alike can now learn more about the heritage in the central business district as 13 roads bearing the names of prominent historical figures and events here would receive special road signs.

These road signs would include a write-up about the road’s history and may even include short facts about the prominent figure it was named after.

Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA) communciations head Nor Hisham Hussein said the signage is one of the initiatives recommended under the Iskandar Malaysia Tourism Blueprint, which is a joint collaboration between Majlis Bandaraya Johor Baru (MBJB) and IRDA.

“MBJB had identified several roads bearing the name of prominent figures and historic events of Johor Baru in the Central Business District,” he said adding that the signage explains who the prominent figure is as well as some historical background on the road and the person.

He said the signage would be placed along roads used within the heritage trail tours and could be used to educate both visitors and locals on the significance of the road name as well as the person bearing the name.

 â€œWe hope we can remind the public especially the younger generation of the contributions and sacrifices of these prominent businessmen and politicians,” he said adding that IRDA and MBJB began the initiative in Aug last year.

Nor Hisham said this was only the first phase of the project and the 13 roads that will bear these road signs include Jalan Abdullah Ibrahim, Jalan Campbell, Jalan Dato’ Onn, Jalan Duke, Jalan Ibrahim, Jalan Meldrum, Jalan Pasar, Jalan Sawmill, Jalan Segget, Jalan Syed Mohd Mufti, Jalan Tan Hiok Nee, Jalan Ungku Puan and Jalan Wong Ah Fook.

“We have been working closely with the Yayasan Warisan Johor to gather historical facts and information that will be shown on all the road signs.

Johor Tourist Guides Association president Jimmy Leong said this was a good initiative, as it would help unveil the hidden history behind many of these roads in town.

“I am sure there are many Johoreans out there who are unaware about how some of these roads in the central business district got their names,” he said adding that this was an asset to tourism here and would have importance in places with rich historic value.

He said the road signs would also allow tourists to go on self-guided tours along the heritage trail and would benefit guided tours as tourist could read about the history about these roads from the signs.

Leong also suggested similar signs be put up at historical buildings in the city including the Bangunan Sultan Ibrahim as well the Johor Palace and Museum.