SIBU: Former MP and deputy transport minister Datuk Robert Lau Hoi Chew will have a road here named after him, 13 years after he passed away.
Sibu Municipal Council (SMC) chairman Clarence Ting said Jalan Pahlawan will be renamed Jalan Robert Lau Hoi Chew next month.
"The proposal to rename the road was approved by the state executive council in February.
"Therefore, the name of Jalan Pahlawan and its lanes will be changed accordingly," he told a press conference here on Thursday (May 11).
Ting said the council will begin changing the road signs after its full board meeting on May 31.
Related agencies such as the Land and Survey Department, Sarawak Electricity Supply Corporation (Sesco) and Sibu Water Board will also need to be informed of the change, he added.
"In addition, the council will issue a notice of home address amendment to a total of 333 homeowners affected by the renaming.
"Owners can now start changing their respective addresses at the National Registration Department (JPN)," he added.
Ting said the move was to commemorate the late leader and his services to the people.
"He left us too soon. He served Sibu a lot.
"The Sarawak Lau Clan Association also submitted proposals and applications about this matter (the renaming)," he added.
Lau was Sibu MP for five terms from 1990.
He was also SMC chairman from 1999 to 2004 with much of the city's infrastructure development taking place during his tenure.
He was made deputy housing and local government minister in March 2004, and changed portfolio to deputy transport minister in April 2009 after Datuk Seri Najib Razak became prime minister.
Lau passed away from cancer at the age of 68 in 2010.