by Tan, Bonny
Enggor Street is a one-way street in Tanjong Pagar, within the Central Business District.1 Bound by Tanjong Pagar Road and Anson Road, the road joins up to Hoe Chiang Road.2 It was named after a town in Malaya during the late 19th century.
Enggor Street was named in 1898 after a Malayan town situated along the Perak River in Perak’s Kuala Kangsar district.3 The nearby Bernam Street, Tras Street and Raub Street (expunged) were also named after places in Malaya in the same year.4
During the early 1900s, several well-known companies were located on Enggor Street, including Straits Aerated Water Works and Ford Motor Company of Malaya, which set up its first assembly plant in a garage on the street when it was established in 1926.5
Enggor Street was also home to Tan Kheam Hock, a merchant who lived at 30 Enggor Street in the 1910s and provided contract labour to the Tanjong Pagar Docks.6
Founded in January 1920 in Tanjong Pagar holding evening language classes for working adults, the Chinese Industrial and Commercial Continuation School moved to 30 Enggor Street two months later and started providing primary education.7 The school moved to Outram Road in 1929, then to Tampines in 1985 and was subsequently renamed Gongshang Primary School, which remains to this day.8
The Sindhi Merchants Association was another notable institution on the street, having purchased 30 Enggor Street initially as a boarding house in 1938 for visiting Sindhis but sold the building in 1951 when it moved to Mountbatten Road.9
In 1951, Gan Eng Seng School was relocated from Telok Ayer to the junction of Anson Road and Enggor Street.10 Although plans for a new school building had already been in place in 1940, construction was delayed as a result of World War II.11 In 1986, the school moved from Enggor Street to Spottiswoode Park Road near the former Keppel Road Railway Station.12
Completed in 1973, the Tunas Building was located at the junction of Enggor Street and Anson Road. Owned by Tunas (Private) Limited, an Indonesian conglomerate, the 28-storey building was shaped like a ship with an exterior featuring stone carvings of the Ramayana.13 Recladding work in 1987 transformed the building, and it was renamed Apex Tower.14 The building is now known as Hub Synergy Point.15
Today, besides Hub Synergy Point, Realty Centre can also be found along Enggor Street, while Amara Shopping Centre has one end facing it.16 Realty Centre was built in 1974 by Hong Leong Holdings,17 while Amara Shopping Centre was developed by the Teo Teck Huat Group and opened in 1986.18
Enggor Street was also referred to as chin seng sua khau in Hokkien and chan seng shan hau in Cantonese, both of which mean “mouth of Chin Seng Hill”. Chop Chin Seng was a business owned by merchant Tan Kim Ching (Tan Kim Cheng).19 Often referred to as Bukit Kim Cheng, Chin Seng Hill (振成山; zhen cheng shan in Mandarin) is near Cantonment Road, behind the building of the Lim See Tai Chong Soo Kiu Leong Tong Family Self-Management Association.20
1. Mighty minds street directory. (2015). Singapore: Angel Publishing, [map 132D]. (Call no.: RSING q912.5957 MMSD-[DIR])
2. Malaya Publishing House Ltd., Singapore. (194-?). Map of Singapore town. In Guide to Singapore town island map: With a directory to the finest scenic motor routes [Microfilm no.: NL 28409]. Singapore: Thos. Cook & Son; Mighty minds street directory. (2015). Singapore: Angel Publishing, map 132D. (Call no.: RSING q912.5957 MMSD-[DIR])
3. Savage, V. R., & Yeoh, B. S. A. (2013). Singapore street names: A study of toponymics. Singapore: Marshall Cavendish Editions, p. 117. (Call no.: RSING 915.9570014 SAV-[TRA]); Abdur-Razzaq Lubis & Khoo, S. N. (2003). Raja Bilah and the Mandailings in Perak: 1875–1911. Kuala Lumpur: Malaysian Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society, pp. 66–67. (Call no.: RSEA q959.5104 LUB)
4. Savage, V. R., & Yeoh, B. S. A. (2013). Singapore street names: A study of toponymics. Singapore: Marshall Cavendish Editions, pp. 117, 322. (Call no.: RSING 915.9570014 SAV-[TRA])
5. Untitled. (1911, November 2). The Straits Times, p. 6; Ford company in Malaya is 30 years old. (1956, November 9). The Straits Times, p. 14. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
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7. Leong, W. K. (1978, August 25). The Chinese school with an unusual history... The Straits Times, p. 32; Page 5 advertisements column 2: The Chinese Industrial and Commercial Continuation School. (1921, February 17). The Straits Times, p. 5. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
8. Ferroa, R. (1949, May 21). The bell tolls a welcome. The Singapore Free Press, p. 4; Davie, S. (1996, July 10). In daddy’s footsteps. The New Paper, p. 15. Retrieved from NewspaperSG; Gongshang Primary School. (n.d.). Our history. Retrieved 2017, April 18 from Gongshang Primary School website: http://gongshangpri.moe.edu.sg/about-us/our-history
9. A. R. P. posts. (1942, January 7). The Malaya Tribune, p. 8; Merchants to buy buildings. (1951, June 18). The Straits Times, p. 7. Retrieved from NewspaperSG; Sindhi Merchants Association. (1988). Trade and telephone directory 1988. Singapore: Author, p. 9. (Call no.: RCLOS 380.10255957 SIN)
10. Work on new school begins. (1950, March 5). Sunday Tribune (Singapore), p. 2; Education for every child – Gimson. (1951, May 16). Singapore Standard, p. 2. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
11. Work on new school begins. (1950, March 5). Sunday Tribune (Singapore), p. 2. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
12. New venue for school. (1986, June 22). The Straits Times, p. 11. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
13. Letjen Dr. H. Ibnu Sutowo to officiate at function. (1973, October 20). The Straits Times, p. 6; Tunas Building: A new and imposing landmark in the heart of the city. (1973, October 20). The Straits Times, p. 6. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
14. Lee, H. S. (1988, August 4). Tunas Building buyer in for $20m windfall. The Business Times, p. 1; Building overhauls last year a record. (1988, August 22). The Straits Times, p. 18. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
15. Rashiwala, K. (2015, January 17). Anson Rd office block now under single ownership. The Business Times. Retrieved from Factiva via NLB’s eResources website: http://eresources.nlb.gov.sg/
16. Lee, H. S. (1988, August 24). Amara shopping centre for sale. The Business Times, p. 3; Quiet opening for Amara Hotel. (1986, May 28). The Business Times, p. 2. Retrieved from NewspaperSG; OneMap. (n.d.). Enggor Street. Retrieved from OneMap website: https://www.onemap.sg/index.html
17. Bangunan ini projek terbesar pernah diselenggarakan. (1977, February 21). Berita Harian, p. 6. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
18. Lee, H. S. (1988, August 24). Amara shopping centre for sale. The Business Times, p. 3; Quiet opening for Amara Hotel. (1986, May 28). The Business Times, p. 2. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
19. Page 8 advertisements column 4: Chop Chin Seng. (1850, December 17). The Straits Times, p. 8. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
20. Firmstone, H. W. (1905, February). Chinese names of streets and places in Singapore and the Malay Peninsula. Journal of the Straits Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society, 42, 53–208, pp. 67, 86–87. (Call no.: RQUIK 959.5 JMBRAS); 几条由商号得名的街道. (1984, January 27). 《联合晚报》[Lianhe Wanbao], p. 2. Retrieved from NewspaperSG; Singapore Federation of Chinese Clan Associations. (n.d.). Lim See Tai Chong Soo Kiu Leong Ton Family Self-Management Association. Retrieved 2017, April 18 from Singapore Federation of Chinese Clan Associations website: http://www.sfcca.sg/en/node/787
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