Bāyē Lìbā (Pinyin)
Pa-iâ Lī-bā (Hokkien POJ)
|• Malay||Paya Lebar (Rumi)|
ڤايا ليبر (Jawi)
|• Tamil||பாய ளேபர்|
Pāya ḷēpar (Transliteration)
As part of the Singapore Urban Redevelopment Authority's (URA) Master Plan 2014, Paya Lebar Central was identified as one of the five growth areas. It was since earmarked as an up-and-coming commercial hub, in line with the wider decentralisation strategy to ensure the city's sustainable growth. Through its participation in the pilot Business Improvement District (BID) programme, stakeholders will be able to work together to form a collective vision that taps into the creativity and resources of everyone to strengthen the district. Despite its name, it is in fact located within the Geylang planning area, along Paya Lebar Road.
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 and Tampines 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. Following his retirement, it was taken over by Gerald Giam.
- Victor R Savage, Brenda S A Yeoh (2003), Toponymics - A Study of Singapore Street Names, Eastern Universities Press, ISBN 981-210-205-1