|• Malay||Paya Lebar|
|• Jawi||ڤايا ليبر|
|• Tamil||பாய ளேபர்|
Etymology and history
Paya Lebar was a large, swampy area close to the Kallang River, hence its name. Paya means "swamp" and lebar means "wide" in Malay. This was an extensive and notorious squatter district, whose inhabitants engage in cultivating market produce, including pig and poultry rearing.
One of the first persons to colonise this area was Richard Owen Norris (died 1905), who bought part of the area in 1865 and lived here with his family.
The admiralty wireless station was in this district in 1915.
Paya Lebar Street was officially named in 1958, while Paya Lebar Way was named in 1972.
Paya Lebar covers Aljunied GRC, Marine Parade GRC, and Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC which were warded by the Workers' Party and the People's Action Party, respectively. One notable Member of Parliament for the ward was the former Secretary-General of the Workers' Party, Low Thia Khiang, where his ward covers a majority of Paya Lebar, including the Paya Lebar Air Base.
- Victor R Savage, Brenda S A Yeoh (2003), Toponymics - A Study of Singapore Street Names, Eastern Universities Press, ISBN 981-210-205-1
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