is a neighborhood in the eastern part of Singapore
established in 1955
, consisting primarily of low-rise residential
properties. It is part of the Bedok Planning Area
, an urban planning
zone under the Urban Redevelopment Authority
. Politically, Siglap falls under the East Coast Group Representation Constituency
Etymology and history
According to a Malay myth
, when a Malay chief landed in this area, dark clouds
arose and a thunderstorm
took place, which led to the chieftain to call the place Siglap
, a corruption of the Malay
which means "darkness that conceals". Records show that a piratical
village existed at Siglap in 1845
Another view is that while Bedok was a barren treeless area, the Siglap area has huge trees which formed a major resting area and hence was viewed as a dark place compared to the open Bedok area.
The roads Siglap Terrace and Siglap Valley were officially named in 1956 and 1957 respectively.
Siglap is a prime residential area in the East of Singapore. Siglap has two community centres namely 'Siglap Community Centre' and 'Siglap South Community Centre'. East Coast Road and Upper East Cost Road are lined with several Restaurants, food courts and shops. Siglap shopping centre is the biggest shopping centre in Siglap.
Siglap was home to former Singapore President Wee Kim Wee.
Siglap Toastmasters Club was established on October 1994. Located in the East of Singapore is
Part of Toastmasters International District 80: For better leadership, communication skills, public speaking and speech evaluation
Division D -Area D6 includes:
- Bedok Toastmasters Club
- Prisons of Singapore Recreation Club Toastmasters Club
- SIA Toastmasters Club
They meet every 4th Thursday of the month at Siglap Community Centre
- Victor R Savage, Brenda S A Yeoh (2003), Toponymics - A Study of Singapore Street Names, Eastern Universities Press, ISBN 981-210-205-1