Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Malay Road Toponyms 18

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Jalan Anak Patong
     جالن انق ڤاتوڠ

Jalan Anak Patong is located along Upper Changi Road within Peakview Estate and is flanked by private landed houses. "Anak Patong" in Malay means "Toy Doll" in English.

Jalan Angin Laut
    جالن اڠين لاوت

Flanked by private houses, this minor road appeared on maps in 1963. Jalan Angin Laut is translated to Sea Breeze Road, which is also another namesake road adjacent to Jalan Angin Laut. It also spawned other roads named Sea Breeze Walk and Sea Breeze Avenue and a playground called "Jalan Angin Laut Playground".

Jalan Chempaka Puteh
        جالن چيمڤاك ڤوته

Located off Bedok Road, Jalan Chempaka Puteh is surrounded by landed housing, known as Fengshan NC Estate. Cempaka Putih in the current spelling is translated to Magnolia × alba or white champaca from Malay. The flower is actually  a hybrid of Magnolia champaca and Magnolia montana. Jalan Champaka Puteh first appeared on maps in 1969

Jalan Chempaka Kuning
         جالن چيمڤاك كونيڠ

Cempaka Kuning (Michelia champaca) has a road named after it in the older spelling, Jalan Chempaka Kuning. The road is located within Fengshan NC Estate and is flanked with private houses and also nearby a namesake playground and Bedok Shopping Center. Jalan Champaka Kuning first appeared on maps in 1969. An adjacent condominium access road also bares the name "Chempaka Kuning Link", spawned off from the road.

Jalan Geneng
    جالن ڬينيڠ

Located within Surin Park Estate, Jalan Geneng is flanked by landed houses. Geneng to it describe someone who is handsome and beautiful.

Jalan Hock Chye
  جالن هوكق چهياي

The small neighborhood of Tai Peng consists a network of roads named Jalan Hock Chye. Tai Peng Neighborhood is a landed housing estate located at Hougang, off Hougang Avenue 2. I couldn't get the meaning of "Hock Chye" sadly.

Jalan Hwi Yoh
   جالن هوي يوه

Jalan Hwi Yoh is located off Serangoon North Avenue 1. Hwi Yoh is Teochew, reffering to the Sam Mui Kuang Pottery's dragon kiln that was founded by the Chua family. Jalan Hwi Yoh is a minor "T" road and has landed housing on the southern side and grass patch on the northern side.

Jalan Lepas
   جالن لڤس

Jalan Lepas is located within Surin Park Estate. As with some roads within the estate, it follows a theme of naming streets after Malayan cloths and textiles. Kain Lepas is a cloth made out of cotton and is usually used and associated with babies and newborns. It is used to make baby slings and wrap newborns, a method known as bedong. Kain Lepas is also used to make batik and sarongs.

Jalan Mastuli
  جالن مستولي

As with some roads within Surin Park, the roads there feature names of textiles and cloth in Malay. Jalan Mastuli is an example, named after Kain Mastuli, a cloth of rough and strong silk. The road is surrounded by landed housing and a small park named Azooroo Park.

It in the book, Singapore Street Names: A Study of Toponymics, that the road was originally part of Charlton Park Estate and named "Jalan Belachu". in 1968, its residents' association requested that the name be changed. Kain Belacu, as it is currently spelled, is said used by Chinese mourners that made residents unhappy by the negative stigma associated to the name. Three names were proposed, including Jalan Mastuli, Jalan Baldu and Jalan Kasagelas. But ultimately, the first was selected.

Jalan Pelikat
   جالن ڤليكت

Some roads within Surin Park follow a theme of roads named after cloth and textiles. Jalan Pelikat is named after Kain Pelikat, a sarong used mainly by Malay men and it has been associated with the Malays and Malayan culture. Jalan Pelikat is a minor road linking some sister roads within the estate and flanked by landed houses on one side and HDB flats on the other.

Jalan Sahabat
   جالن صحابة

The only road to bare a Malay name in the area, Jalan Sahabat is a short minor lane off Kovan Road is flanked by private houses. Sahabat is translated to "Friend" or "acquaintance" in English.

Jalan Samarinda
    جالن سامريندا

Located within Surin Park, Jalan Samarinda follows the theme of Malayan textiles and cloths. Sarung Samarinda or Tajong Samarinda is a a type of traditional Indonesian cloth that originated from the town of Samarinda in East Kalimantan. Jalan Samarinda starts off at Surin Avenue and ends at Jalan Pelikat. It is a minor road flanked by private landed houses.

Jalan Soo Bee
  جالن سواو بي

Jalan Soo Bee is located off Jalan Angin Laut. It first appeared on maps in 1958. It used to be a much longer and it linked Kok Sek Lim Road thru Upper Changi Road.

The name "Soo Bee", is Hokkien. But when written in Chinese characters,  "Si Mei" is translated to "Four beauties" in Pinyin. At the height of when pinyin names littered the Singaporean landscape, the new town of Simei may have been derived from Jalan Soo Bee itself. The road houses several landed houses. Upon further research, Jalan Soo Bee may have been named after Tan Soo Bee, a not-so-well known but prominent figure of Changkat Changi Secondary School.

Jalan Songket
  جالن سوڠكيت

As with some roads within Surin Park, Jalan Songket is named after a Malayan textile, Kain Songket. It is a fabric that associated with Malayan culture as it is worn by royalty, tradition and specially in Indonesia, worn during important events such as births, marriages or death. Kain Songket can be found in Indonesia, Malaysia and Brunei. It is hand-woven in silk or cotton, and intricately decorated and patterned with gold or silver threads. Officially named in 1972, Jalan Songket is a network of minor roads and houses the landed properties there.

Jalan Teliti
   جالن تليتي

Jalan Teliti is a minor road located off Tampines Road near Hougang. "Teliti" is translated to "detailed" or "thorough" in Malay.

Jalan Tanah Rata
     جالن تانه رات

Jalan Tanah Rata is located off Upper Changi Road. "Tanah Rata" means "Flat Lands" in Malay. Somewhat oxymoronic, as the road itself is inclined, not flat as stated in its name. The road is flanked by private landed houses within the Fengshan NC Estate.

Jalan Tanjong
    جالن تنجوڠ

Jalan Tanjong is located off Upper Changi Road. Tanjong in the older spelling of "tanjung" is translated to promontory in English. The sloped road is flanked by landed houses. Jalan Tanjong first appeared on maps in 1963.

Jalan Tenon
   جالن تنون

Jalan Tenon is located within Surin Park and is flanked with private houses. In line with the theme of naming some roads related to Malayan textile and cloths, "tenon" in the older spelling of "tenun" is described to be cloth being weaved out of thread particularly weaved out of a traditional weaving appliance.

Kampong Sireh
   كامڤوڠ سيريه

Kampong Sireh was formerly the site of Paya Lebar Village. In the 1930s it used to contain shophouses near the vicinity of Upper Serangoon Road. The shophouses has since been demolished sometime in the 80s. Today, there is a Hotel 81 and some landed houses along the road. On historic maps, only the name "Paya Lebar Village was stated and the road was named "Kampong Sireh". I assumed that the village used to go by that name of "Kampong Sireh" before being renamed to "Paya Lebar Village". "Sireh" or "sirih" as it is currently spelled is Malay for betel leaf. It is used in a traditional Malay custom of chewing betel leaves known as Sirih Pinang.

Taman Sireh
   تامن سيريه

Taman Sireh is derived from the ajacent Kampong Sireh. Formely a part of the Paya Lebar Village in the 50s. The road is flanked by landed houses.

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