Friday, November 6, 2015

Malay Road Toponyms 5

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Jalan Belibas
   جالن بليبس

Jalan Belibas is a minor road located in Thomson Park Estate. The roads within the estate are name after species of fish. In this case Ikan Belibas is known as Rabbitfish in Malay.


Jalan Chegar
    جالن چيڬر

A minor road is located within Thomson Garden Estate, Jalan Chegar has a dual meaning. The current spelling is "Cegar" and one could mean a corruption of "Segar" translated to "fresh". It could also mean Burung Cegar, or White-crowned Forktail Bird.


Jalan Chempah
     جالن چيمڤه

Jalan Chempah is named after a flower called Bunga Cempah in its older spelling.  The minor road is located within Thomson Garden Estate, serving as an address to the private homes there.


Jalan Hari Raya
   جالن هاري راي

Literally translated as "Festive Day Road", Jalan Hari Raya is a minor road located within Thomson Garden Estate. Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Aidiladha is an important day in the Muslim calendar. One of the few roads named after Malay culture.


Jalan Ikan Merah
     جالن ايكن ميره

Ikan Merah is Malay for Crimson Snapper. As with all other roads within Thomson Park Estate, Jalan Ikan Merah is name after species of fishes.


Jalan Isnin
  جالن اثنين

Jalan Isnin is located within Thomson Garden Estate. Isnin is Malay for Monday. It is also an access road into the estate. Oral sources stated that this was one of the few roads named in Malay by the Lim Yew Hock administration to promote the Malay Language.
Source: Toponymics: A Study of Singapore Street Names INSB 981 201364 3


Jalan Khamis
   جالن خميس

"Khamis" is the older spelling of "Kamis" and has a dual meaning. It could mean Thursday in Malay or a name for a male person. Jalan Khamis is a minor road housing private properties and is located within Thomson Garden Estate. Oral sources stated that this was one of the few roads named in Malay by the Lim Yew Hock administration to promote the Malay Language.
Source: Toponymics: A Study of Singapore Street Names INSB 981 201364 3


Jalan Kuak
  جالن كواق

Jalan Kuak is a minor road located within Thomson Garden Estate, next to Jalan Pintau Playground, a small park. Burung Kuak is Malay for Black-Crowned Night Heron.


Jalan Lembah Thomson
       جالن لمبه طامسون

Jalan Lembah Thomson is located off Upper Thomson Road and is the access road into Thomson Ridge, a private residential estate. Jalan Lembah Thomson can be roughly translated into "Thomson Plain Road". Lembah is also a term used to describe low-lying land.


Jalan Keli
  جالن كلي

Jalan Keli is named after a particular fish called Walking Catfish. Flanked by private landed houses, the road is located within Thomson Park Estate. Most of the roads within the estate are named after species of fishes.


Jalan Minggu
   جالن ميڠڬو

"Minggu" has two definitions in Malay. first meaning "week" and second, the word for "Sunday". Jalan Minggu is a minor road located within Thomson Garden Estate. Other sister roads are also named after other days of the week in Malay. Oral sources stated that this was one of the few roads named in Malay by the then Lim Yew Hock administration to promote the Malay Language.
Source: Toponymics: A Study of Singapore Street Names INSB 981 201364 3


Jalan Pelatina
    جالن ڤلاتينا

Located in Yew Lian Park Estate off Upper Thomson Road, Jalan Pelatina houses landed properties along its road. After extensive research, with the help of my ex-fiancee, "Pelatina" means "Platinum" in Indonesian (The Malay word for it is "Mas Putih"). We weighed the meaning behind Jalan Pelatina with Taman Permata as both roads are named after precious commodities.


Jalan Pintau
   جالن ڤينتاو

Jalan Pintau is apparently named after the bird, Burung Pintau or Weaver Bird in English. The minor road houses private properties located within Thomson Garden Estate.


Jalan Rabu
  جالن رابو

Jalan Rabu is a minor road flanked by private housing within Thomson Garden Estate. Rabu in Malay has two meanings, a name of a male man or Wednesday.  Oral sources stated that this was one of the few roads named in Malay by the then Lim Yew Hock administration to promote the Malay Language.
Source: Toponymics: A Study of Singapore Street Names INSB 981 201364 3


Jalan Sembling
     جالن سمبليڠ

Ikan Sembling is Malay for Catfish. The namesake road, Jalan Sembilang is located within Thomson Park Estate and is flanked by private residential houses. Most of the roads within the estate are named after species of fishes.


Jalan Terubok
    جالن تروبوك

Jalan Terubok as with all other sister roads within Thomson Park Estate are named after species of fishes. Ikan Terubok is Malay for Toil Shad, a fish highly prized among Malaysians for its meat and eggs.


Jalan Todak
   جالن تودق

Located off Upper Thomson Road, Jalan Todak is a short road leading into Sing Ming Drive, Thomson Garden and Thomson Park Estate. Todak is Malay for Swordfish. Today, this famous road is known for the eateries there and parking can be a hassle.


Lorong Chuan
   لوروڠ چوان

Located in Serangoon Gardens, Lorong Chuan was constructed in 1963 and first opened sometime in 1964-65. The road used to be surrounded by small lakes, farmland and kampongs. It was also famous for a former crocodile farm there where crocodiles are skinned. Today, Lorong Chuan consists a mixture of private landed housing, condominiums, HDB flats, schools and businesses. The road has spawn several other roads named Chuan Close, Chuan Link, Chuan Garden, Chuan Drive and also a namesake MRT Station. The long road has been realigned and divided into three sections of dual carriageway, consisting two separate sections of minor road and a smaller main arterial section joining Ang Mo Kio Avenue 1 and Boundary Road.

Using a fusion of Malay and Hokkien, Lorong Chuan means "Fountain Lane" in Hokkien. The name is said to be auspicious as fountains are referred to wealth and prosperity in Chinese culture.


Lorong Mega
   لوروڠ ميڬ

Lorong Mega is a short lane linking Soo Chow Walk off Upper Thomson Road north to Jalan Lembah Thomson. Mega is another Malay term for "Cloud".


Taman Permata
      تامن ڤرمات

Taman Permata is a minor road located in Yew Lian Park Estate, a private residential area off Upper Thomson Road. literal translation of "Taman Permata" would be "Jewel Garden" in English.

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