Monday, February 22, 2016

Malay Road Toponyms 17

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I've already completed documenting all of the Malay road names in Singapore. However I will still need to research the meaning and history behind the roads. Look out for "Malay Road Toponyms" released after every alternating articles published in my blog.

Jalan Anggerek
     جالن ڠڬرق 

Orchid is translated to "Bunga Anggerik". The road located off MacPherson Road, Jalan Anggerek, named after the flower is spelled in the older spelling. Named in 1951, the area follows a theme of naming roads after plants in Malay. Jalan Anggerek is flanked by some shophouses and landed houses.

Jalan Bena
    جالن بينا

Located off Upper Changi Road North, this minor road is currently under going construction at the end of the road as of November 2015. Ironically "Bena" in the older spelling of "Bina" also means "Build" in Malay. Much longer than it used to be, this road first appeared on maps in 1966.

Jalan Batalong, Jalan Batalong East
      جالن بطلاوڠ اياست         جالن بطلاوڠ 

First appearing on maps in 1969, Jalan Batalong and Jalan Batalong East actually used to be one single road. In 1988, Jalan Batalong was split into two parts thanks to the building of Avila Gardens Condominium and the eastern part of Jalan Batalong took on the name Jalan Batalong East.

I could not find the exact name of "batalong". But when searches came up, it is described to be a dish of eggs and meat.

Jalan Chelagi
    جالن چيلاڬي 

Located off Jalan Batalong, Jalan Chelangi is a minor road flanked by landed houses. Celagi as it is currently spelled is Tamarind (Tamarindus indica). The road first appeared on maps in 1969.

Jalan Chorak
   جالن چورق

Jalan Chorak is a short minor lane off Flower Road. It is surrounded by the landed houses of and located within Kovan Hillside and Rosyth Estate. Jalan Chorak, spelled in the older spelling of "Corak" means "Pattern" in Malay.

Jalan Kelempong
     جالن كلمڤوڠ

Jalan Kelempong is a minor road located off Jalan Batalong East near Old Tampines Road. It serves the residential houses there. "Kelempung" as it is currently spelled refers to the sound of splashing water. The road first appeared on maps in 1969.

Jalan Kolam Ayer
      جالن كولم ايير

Started at a major intersection of Serangoon, Bendemeer, MacPherson and Upper Serangoon, the road was previously named "Kolam Ayer Lane". For unknown reasons, its street suffix was changed from "Lane" to "Jalan" in 1958. Jalan Kolam Ayer was extended southeast sometime in 1972 with further extensions towards Kallang in 1982, ending at the intersection at Paya Lebar Way. During this time, it became the first phase for the construction of Pan-Island Expressway (PIE). The road was widen and its intersections and traffic lights replaced with interchanges.

Jalan Kolam Ayer was notably known for the site of the City Council strikes on November 1st 1961, with 14 people hurt and 22 arrested.

As with Jalan Toa Payoh and Paya Lebar Way, no street signs denotes the start and end of Jalan Kolam Ayer as it is a part of PIE. But on maps and bus stops along this part of PIE, it is still refereed to as "Jalan Kolam Ayer". Kolam Ayer is translated to "Pond/Reservoir water". The road spawned a former village named Kolam Ayer Village and currently a namesake community center and the Kolam Ayer Ward in Jalan Besar GRC.

Jalan Mariam
     جالن مريم

Jalan Mariam is located off Old Tampines Road. Sometime in the mid 1960s, Old Tampines Road, which was ten known as Tampines Road was realigned and took on the name "Old Tampines Road". The name, Jalan Mariam came from the adjacent Mariam Close and its new name appeared on maps in 1972.

The road also spawned other roads named Lengkok Mariam and Mariam Way. I have done extensive research on how the name "Mariam" came about, but to no avail. "Mariam" is the Malay version of the female name "Mary".

Jalan Mayaanam
       جالن مايانام

Jalan Mayaanam was formerly a site of a Hindu cemetery. The road was depicted on maps to be much longer than it currently is. Today it is a track with a Singapore Power substation at the end of the road. Jalan Mayaanam seems to be an Indian name.

Jalan Mawar
   جالن ماور

Named after Bunga Mawar, it is translated to Rose flower in Malay. Jalan Mawar is located off Jalan Belangkas and is named in 1951. The road is flanked by landed houses. The roads within the area seem to follow a theme of names of plants.

Jalan Lam Sam
     جالن لم سم

In the 50s and 60s, the name "Lam Sam" formerly referred to the area where Sungei Tengah and Old Choa Chu Kang is currently. A kampong, known as Lam Sam Village was also located along the namesake road, Jalan Lam Sam. Further south, there were other kampongs, cemeteries, temples and the former Jurong Brickworks at Jurong Road Track 22. Sometime in 2005, the area has been completely sealed up by MINDEF for the purpose of using it as a training ground, making it a restricted area and off limits to the public. A nearby flyover, Lam Sam Flyover is also named after the road.

Jalan Loyang Besar
      جالن لويڠ بسر

Known for Aloha Loyang Resorts at the road's end, Jalan Loyang Besar is a long road flanked by landed houses in Pasir Ris. "Loyang" had several definitions in Malay. Kuih Loyang is a traditional pastry made from rice flour, coconut milk and sugar. It has spawned other roads name Loyang Besar Close, Loyang Avenue, New Loyang Link and the area of Loyang Itself.

Jalan Pacheli
جالن ڤاچيلي

Located off Burghley Drive in Serangoon Gardens Estate, Jalan Pacheli was the site of real estate tycoon Ng Teng Fong's first development project through Far East Organizations. 72 terrace houses were build along the road in 1962, costing at $20,000 at that time.

Jalan Pernama
     جالن ڤرنام

Jalan Pernama first appeared on maps in 1969. It is a network of roads flanked by landed houses. "Pernama", or "penama" as it is currently spelled is described to be "person named as the beneficiary" or "holder of power".

Jalan Toa Payoh
    جالن توا ڤايوه

Jalan Toa Payoh was conceived in 1968 and first appearing on maps in 1969. It used to stretch from Thomson Road till Aljunied Road before joining with Jalan Kolam Ayer. It served as a boundary for the newly built Toa Payoh New Town. At the same time, plans for Singapore's first expressway, Pan-Island Expressway, are being laid out with the intersections and traffic lights being replaced with interchanges sometime later. The road was then widen to accommodate traffic.

Today, while no street sign bares the name "Jalan Toa Payoh", this part of Pan-Island Expressway is still referred as "PIE (Jalan Toa Payoh)" on maps. Bus stops along the expressway slip roads also bare the name "Jalan Toa Payoh".

It is interesting to note that the name "Toa Payoh" has existed since the 1800s when J.T. Thomson, a government surveyor, refers to the area in his 1849 agricultural report as Toah Pyoh Lye. Toa Payoh means "big swamp" in Hokkien, the Chinese equivalent of Paya Lebar. There was a single road in the area back then named "Toa Payoh Road" (Since renamed to Toa Payoh Rise) serving the then Thomson Road Hospital.

Lengkok Mariam
      لڠكوق مريم

Lengkok Mariam is a name variation of Jalan Mariam. Lengkok Mariam is translated to "Mariam Crescent". It is flanked by landed houses and first appeared on maps in 1972.

Lorong Bakar Batu
     لوروڠ بكر باتو

Lorong Bakar Batu is translated to "Burned Stone Lane" in English. The road is located off MacPherson Road. It is serving the industrial facilities there.

Lorong Bengkok
   لوروڠ بيڠكوق

While the rest of MacPherson Estate street names were renamed to English suffixes sometime in the 70s, (From Jalan Merpati, Jalan Balam, Jalan Pipit and Pesiaran Keliling to Merpati Road, Balam Road, Pipit Road and Circuit Road respectively), Lorong Bengkok was the only road not to be affected by the name changes. Lorong Bengkok had existed since the 50s, before MacPherson Estate was built. It had previously played host to the former Paya Lebar School there. Bengkok means bent or bend in Malay.

Today, with the construction of the MRT Downtown line for MacPherson MRT Station, Circuit Link has been expunged and Lorong Bengkok took over the role of access road into MacPherson Estate since 2011.

Updated on 11th January 2017: Lorong Bengkok returns as a minor dead end lane off Circuit Road as the construction of MacPherson MRT Station Downtown line is completed and Circuit Link returns as the access road to MacPherson Estate.

Lorong Kebasi
   لوروڠ كبسي

Located off Choa Chu Kang Way, Lorong Kebasi serves as an entrance into Kranji Camp II. Ikan Kebasi is translated to English as Chacunda Gizzard Shad, a fish commonly found in the Indo-Pacific region.

Lorong Pendek
    لوروڠ ڤينديق

Lorong Pendek is located off MacPherson Road. Pendek means "short" in Malay. The minor road is flanked by factories and industrial establishments. The road has been on maps since the 50s.

Padang Chancery
      ڤادڠ چنچري

Currently located within the Thomson district, the name 'Padang Chancery' and the other roads there such as 'Chancery Lane' and 'Chancery Hill Road' came for an actual street in London, Chancery Lane, which in turn takes its name from the historic High Court of Chancery. Padang Chancery first appeared on maps in 1966, built after the rest of the roads in the area.

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