Bukit Batok New Town
|• Malay||Bukit Batok|
|• Tamil||புக்கிட் பாத்தோ|
|• Total||8.02 km2 (3.10 sq mi)|
|• Residential||2.91 km2 (1.12 sq mi)|
|• Density||14,000/km2 (37,000/sq mi)|
Bukit Batok New Town is a new town located in western Singapore and within the boundaries of the Bukit Batok Planning Area. It is bounded by Bukit Batok Road, the Pan Island Expressway, along the western edge of Toh Tuck private estate, Bukit Batok East Avenue 6, Old Jurong Road, Bukit Timah Road, the north edge of Bukit Batok Nature Park, south edge of Hillview estate, east and north edge of Bukit Batok Town Park, and Bukit Batok West Avenue 5 back to Bukit Batok Road.
Bukit Batok had started the earthworks since 1979 with the first HDB estate comes up at Blk 2xx in 1983, followed by 1xx and 6xx in 1985. The blocks at Bukit Gombak were only completed in 1987, followed by Block 3xx in 1989. The Bukit Batok West will start the earthworks quite late.
There are 8 sub-zones in Bukit Batok, namely
- Bukit Gombak
- Bukit Batok West
- Bukit Batok Central
- Bukit Batok East
- Bukit Batok South
|Jurong Lake||Yuhua||Toh Tuck|
There are many different versions of the origins of its name Bukit Batok. Bukit means "hill" in Malay, thus the name of the town gives the impression of it being hilly. Batok, however, has several interpretations. One version has it that according to a Javanese village chief in the tiny village of Gassing, coconut trees grew on the hills in the area and hence the name batok, the Javanese term for coconuts.
The Chinese interpretation is that the hills were of solid granite and hence called batu, the Malay name for "stone", which was corrupted to bato and finally batok. Another version argues that the hill resembles a skull top and batok could also be construed to mean "skull top".
Others felt that the cold air in the area, which led to coughs and colds, conferred on the place the name batok, the Malay term for cough. This could also be a reminder of the days when the area had a large granite quarry at Little Guilin; coughing refers to the sounds of the explosives used.
The shopping complex West Mall was opened in mid-1998. Developed by Alprop Pte. Ltd., a joint venture between the United Industrial Corporation (UIC) and Singapore Land, it has 8 storeys in total gross floor area of 283,000 sq ft (26,300 m²) on a land area of 106,000 sq ft (9,800 m²). It was built at a cost of S$170 million.
West Mall has many amenities and shops such as Cathay Cineplex, a Post Office, A bookstore, Harvey Norman, a Community Library, KFC, Burger King, Watson's and a Shop N Save Supermarket.
There are two MRT Stations in the Bukit Batok area: Bukit Batok MRT Station and Bukit Gombak MRT Station. The Bukit Batok Bus Interchange, which is near Bukit Batok MRT station and West Mall, is of moderate size and wholly used by SMRT Buses, part of SMRT Corporation. The interchange and most of the services were previously operated by SBS Buses, the precursor of SBS Transit, until 1999/2000; SBS Transit still has a bus depot in Bukit Batok. The following bus services are in operation:
There are several institutions for education in Bukit Batok:
- Primary schools
- Bukit View Primary School
- Dazhong Primary School
- Hong Kah Primary School
- Keming Primary School
- Lianhua Primary School
- Princess Elizabeth Primary School
- St Anthony's Primary School
- Secondary schools
- Bukit Batok Secondary School
- Bukit View Secondary School
- Dunearn Secondary School
- Hillgrove Secondary School
- Swiss Cottage Secondary School
- Yusof Ishak Secondary School
- Centralised Institute
- Higher institutions of learning
The Bukit Batok swimming complex is located off East Avenue 6. There are many parks in the neighbourhood, including the Bukit Batok Town Park (often considered part of Bukit Gombak) and the Bukit Batok Nature Park.
The CDANS Bukit Batok Country Club, for reservist members of the Civil Defence forces and their families, was opened in 1998. It offers a golf driving range, swimming pool, bowling alley and sports facilities for relatively affordable prices. The Civil Service Bukit Batok Clubhouse offering similar recreational facilities to civil servants and their families and the public is located near the Bukit Batok Town Centre, and was opened on 1 March 2006.
The jurisdiction of Bukit Batok is shared by the Jurong Group Representation Constituency (Jurong GRC), which has an office at Bukit Batok Central and manages much of Bukit Batok; and Chua Chu Kang Group Representation Constituency (Hong Kah GRC), which manages areas north of Bukit Batok West Avenue 3 and Bukit Batok Central. There are four members of Parliament, two from each GRC, representing various areas in Bukit Batok.
Bukit Batok was a single-member constituency by itself in the 1991 general elections and before. It was later mainly subsumed into the Hong Kah GRC. As of 2011, Bukit Batok represents in Jurong GRC, there are two constituencies in Bukit Batok, one of which is Halimah bin Yacob (Bukit Batok East) and David Ong Kim Huat (Bukit Batok).
In the same elections in 2011, Bukit Gombak represents in Chua Chu Kang GRC, there are two constituencies also in Bukit Gombak, one of which it is a different system. Bukit Gombak represents as Low Yen Ling MP, while Amy Khor Lean Suan is under Hong Kah North SMC.
- NHG Bukit Batok Polyclinic
- Bukit Batok Division Website
- Hillview Peak Condominium
- West Mall
- Bukit Batok Driving Centre
- CDANS Country Club facilities
- Civil Service Club (CSC)
- Singapore International Hotel and Tourism Education Centre (SHATEC)
- Bukit Batok Picture Gallery ~ 65 digital photographs