Saturday, November 14, 2015

Malay Road Typonyms 6

Links to other related articles as follows:
Malay Road Toponyms 1
Malay Road Toponyms 2
Malay Road Toponyms 3
Malay Road Toponyms 4
Malay Road Toponyms 5

Entering number 6 now. I must say, going around Singapore, documenting and taking photographs of every Malay road is starting to be a challenge as most of the roads now are located out of my "usual routes taken and only passing by" range. I even got my fiancee involved at one point. So for this, I shall make planned trips to places not in my routines just to document the street signs.


Jalan Arif
  جالن عارف

Jalan Arif is located within a private estate, Kovan Hillside and Rosyth, off Hougang Avenue 2. Arif in Malay refers to someone who is deeply knowledgeable and understanding in his field. Arif, also spelled as Ariff can also be used as a name for a male person.


Jalan Ahmad Ibrahim
       جالن احمد إبراهيم

Jalan Ahmad Ibrahim is located at the west of Singapore. First built in 1961, and appearing on maps on 1966, the long road started from Jalan Bahru Selatan (Now renamed to Jurong Town Hall Road) ending at Jalan Bandaran/Jalan Besi (Now Pioneer Road North and Pioneer Road). The road was named in honor of the late Ahmad Ibrahim (1927 -  21 August 1962), a prominent politician in the 1950s and 1960s. He was a Member of Parliament (MP) for the Nee Soon Constituency, and held portfolios such as Health Minister and Labour Minister under the newly formed PAP.

Since the 1980s, the road has since been extended further into Tuas. In 1983, Upper Ayer Rajah Road and Ayer Rajah Road was expanded and upgraded into an expressway, Ayer Rajah Expressway. Decades later, Tuas Checkpoint was built and to further facilitate with the traffic there, Jalan Ahmad Ibrahim was expanded and merged with Ayer Rajah Expressway, slip roads are built to serve the already existing establishments along the road, so the slip roads took on the name Jalan Ahmad Ibrahim.  Parts of Ayer Rajah Expressway are also known as Jalan Ahmad Ibrahim. The road today is home to the Jurong Bird Park, Raffles Country Club, Tiger Brewery, and other miscellaneous industrial installations. Ahmad Ibrahim also has a primary school, secondary school and a mosque baring his name.

Jalan Ampas
   جالن امڤاس

The sign of Jalan Ampas in the 60s (Above) and present (Below)
Located off Balestier Road and formerly part of the Kebun Limau neighborhood, the road's history can be traced to when area was a sugar plantation in the 1930s. Ampas in Malay refers to "ampas tebu" the fibrous pulp of sugar cane after its juice has been extracted.

Jalan Ampas is famously known for and synonymous with the former Shaw Movie Studios located there and P. Ramlee, a famous Malay entertainer. The former studio, which used to occupy the whole road and its adjacent areas, helped to launch the careers of many famous Malay artistes and produced movies which became instant cult classics among many audiences. The road also played a major role in Seniman Bujang Lapok, a movie in which Jalan Ampas was a backdrop. Today, the road houses several condominiums and factory buildings, but its endearing legacy as a former "Warner Brothers of Malaysia" and association within the Malay entertainment world remains to this day.


Jalan Besut
  جالن بسوت

Jalan Besut is located off Jalan Terusan. Besut refers to the act of sprinkling something. Usually referring to water or detergent to clean a metallic surface. To reflect the industrialization of the area, the road name was retained by JTC despite the area being undergoing a renaming exercise shortly after independence.


Jalan Buroh
  جالن بوروه

Jalan Buroh is located in Jurong Industrial Estate. Buruh, spelled in the older spelling, "buroh" means "labor" in Malay. As JTC was undergoing a renaming exercise of the area after independence, the name is retained to reflect the industrialization of the area. Jalan Buroh today is a major road with heavy traffic during peak hours.

Jalan Chulek
   جالن چوليك


First appeared on maps in 1966, Jalan Chulek is located within Serangoon Gardens Estate, a private residential area. As the only road bearing a Malay name there, the estate was already an established residential area, it was built and named at the height of when Malay names were given priority to roads. "Chulek", an informal term meaning kidnapped in Malay, is actually a word borrowed from the Mandailing people of Sumatra, literally to mean "korek" or dig.

Jalan Kebun Limau
      جالن كبون ليماو

Located off Balestier road, the road used to link to Jalan Bahagia. Jalan Kebun Limau translates to "Orange Garden Road" in Malay. The area can be traced to its previous roots as a citrus farm, hence the name "Kebun Limau", which used to be bounded from Boon Teck Road to MacNair Rd. Today, what is left of Kebun Limau is Lorong Limau, Masjid Hajjah Rahimabi Kebun Limau and Jalan Kebun Limau after the construction of Central Expressway chewed most of it.  Today, it serves as a filter road exit for traffic exiting from CTE into Balestier Road. It was officially named in 1958.
Source: Toponymics: A Study of Singapore Street Names INSB 981 201364 3

Jalan Limbok
   جالن ليمبوك

Burung Limbuk in English is the Common Emerald Dove. The road, Jalan Limbok is in the older Malay spelling and is named after it. The road is located within Kovan Hillside and Rosyth Estate, off Hoe Chuan Avenue, next to Yio Chu Kang Road.


Jalan Nira
    جالن نير

Jalan Nira is located near Lorong Chuan. Nira is a term in which water or juice that is tapped from coconut or palm and is used to make sugar. The road is flanked by private houses.


Jalan Papan
    جالن ڤاڤن

Jalan Papan is located off Jalan Terusan. When JTC at that time took over the development of Jurong, most of the Malay names were renamed into English, Chinese and Tamil names. Jalan Papan and a handful of Malay road names however were retained, in particular to reflect the industrialization of the area. Papan is Malay for "plank". The road is flanked by construction facilities and foreign workers' dormitories. The street sign of Jalan Papan couldn't be found, so I took a photo of a company sign instead.

Jalan Pesawat
   جالن ڤساوات

Jalan Pesawat is located off Jurong Port Road. "Pesawat" was taken to mean "Appliance" in Malay. But in today's context, it widely used to mean "Aircraft". To reflect the industrialization of Jurong, Jalan Pesawat and a handful of Malay road names were retained. Today, factories and industrial facilities flanked the minor road.


Jalan Samulun
   جالن سامولون

Jalan Samulun is named after the namesake offshore island of Pulau Samulun, off Tanjong Kling. It is also the only road running through the island. The island is separated by Selat Samulun by less than a kilometer but is linked to the mainland by a bridge. "Samulun" refers to "Sembulun", a tribe of orang laut that once occupied the island. In 1961, the 150 residents of Pulau Samulun were relocated and the island served for industrial purposes ever since.


Jalan Tani
  جالن تاني

Located within Kovan Hillside and Rosyth Estate and a sister road of Jalan Arif, Jalan Tani is flanked by private houses. Tani means farm in Malay.


Jalan Tepong
    جالن تڤوڠ

Serving as an address for the industrial establishments there, the "Tepong" in "Jalan Tepong" means flour in Malay. It is spelled in the older spelling as it is currently spelled as "tepung". Built sometime in the 60s, the road is located off Jurong Port Road.


Jalan Terusan
    جالن تروسن

Jalan Terusan is located off Jurong Port Road and was built sometime in the 60s as part of the Jurong Industrial Estate development. Jalan Terusan is one of the Malay typonyms retained to reflect the industrialization of Jurong. Terusan means "Canal" in Malay, usually referring to a man-made ones made for ships to travel through.


Lorong Ampas
   لوروڠ امڤاس

Lorong Ampas, located off Jalan Ampas is a variation of the street suffix. Like Jalan Ampas, the road was also famous for playing a major role in the Malay entertainment world and had an appearance in the ending scene of P. Ramlee's "Madu Tiga"(1964). Today, it is famous for a bicycle themed cafe known as Wheeler's Yard. The road was officially named in 1934.


Lorong Limau
    لوروڠ ليماو

Lorong Limau, located off Kim Keat Road currently houses several HDB estates. Lorong Limau, along with Jalan Kebun Limau are the remnants of what was Kebun Limau neighborhood in the 60s and 70s. Lorong Limau is translated to "Citrus Lane" in English.


Lorong Napiri
   لوروڠ ناڤيري

Located off Yio Chu Kang Road, Lorong Napiri currently houses Bowen Secondary School, the Salvation Army, a private hospital and Mindville@Napiri and the Asian Women's Welfare Association Center. Napiri appears to be a name for an Indian person.


Lorong Payah
    لوروڠ ڤايه

Lorong Payah is one of two roads located within the CBD. Payah is Indonesian for "difficult". Located off Waterloo Street, Lorong Payah serves as an entrance to a car park.


Lorong Telok
   لوروڠ تلوق

One of two Malay roads located within the CBD, Lorong Telok translates to "Bay Lane" in English. Its existence can be traced since 1836 as it appears on George Coleman's "Map of Singapore". The "telok" the road refers to is the bay located nearby Singapore River. Lorong Telok today features conserved shophouse buildings under the Boat Quay Conservation Area which has since been turned into pubs and bars.
Source: Toponymics: A Study of Singapore Street Names INSB 981 201364 3


Tanjong Penjuru
    تنجوڠ ڤنجورو

Previously known as Jalan Tanjong Penjuru, in 1971, it has been shorten with the word "Jalan" omitted. Kampong Tanjong Penjuru used to be at the end of the road. "Tanjong" refers to a land feature at the end of a bay while "penjuru" means the end of it.

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