KL's monorail. Photo: Khairil Yusof, Creative Commons Attribution License.
KL’s monorail. Photo: Khairil Yusof, Creative Commons Attribution License.

What do you associate with Bangsar? Is it expensive cafes, good banana leaf, or the Sunday market? From this week onwards, commuters can add a new association to the list: Bank Rakyat.

Bangsar LRT will soon be renamed Bank Rakyat-Bangsar, the Malay Mail Online has reported. Universiti LRT station will also get a new name: KL Gateway-Universiti. The “branding” of these stations comes as the public transport owner Prasarana Sdn Bhd seeks to boost its funds by selling the naming rights to clients.

Last week, Bukit Bintang monorail station was renamed Air Asia-Bukit Bintang, in a move that will also allow the airline to refurbish the station with services such as flight bookings, reported The Edge.

Prasarana CEO Datuk Azmi Abdul Aziz said that the programme would “result in better services and facilities for everyday commuters along the Rapid KL network, while partners can benefit from new exposure and consumer engagement opportunities.” According to The Star, the naming rights can be sold for around RM3 million for the first three years.

But wouldn’t it be much more fun if we could actually name the stations after what’s really iconic about the neighbourhood? For example, we could have Briyani-Bangsar or Lembu-Sentul. PJ’s popular dating spot could be Pak Toh-Taman Bahagia and of course, there would be Satay-Kajang.

How would you name a train station?

Ling Low

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