Monday, 15 August 2016

Roads named after Old Frees

Discounting three roads in the Green Lane area of Penang which are named after Penang Free School itself -  Jalan Free School, Halaman Free School and Taman Free School - presently, I have uncovered 53 other roads in Malaysia and Singapore that have been named after various Old Frees. This list would also include a road named after the School's founder and five roads named after three Headmasters and a towering teacher.

Prominent among these roads are the Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu Expressway and Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman in Penang. In Kuala Lumpur, there are Jalan Syed Putra, Lingkaran Syed Putra, Medan Syed Putra Utara, Lorong Syed Putra Kiri, Persiaran Syed Putra and the five roads named as Persiaran Syed Putra 1-5.

Two roads in Singapore are named after the Old Frees, while there is one in Alor Star, three in Taiping, five in Ipoh and two more in Kuala Lumpur. But it is in Penang that I found the most number of roads, totaling 32, which reflected the prominent roles that the Old Boys had played in Penang's past.

Here then are the remaining roads named after Old Frees: Jalan Sir Husein, Jalan Ahmad Ibrahim, Jalan Aziz Ibrahim, Jalan Cheah Choo Yew, Jalan Cheah Seng Khim, Jalan Dato’ Dr. Cheah Toon Lok, Jalan Choong Lye Hin, Solok Choong Lye Hin, Tingkat Hock Hin, Jalan Choong Lye Hock, Lebuh Tye Sin, Jalan Foo Wha Cheng, Jalan Dato’ Khong Kam Tak, Lebuh Dato’ Khong Kam Tak, Jalan Khoo Sian Ewe, Jalan Seang Tek, Jalan Lam Looking, Jalan Lim Eow Thoon, Jalan Kek Chuan, Jalan Chow Kit, Jalan Chow Thye, Lorong Chow Thye, Jalan Ismail Cik Matt, Lebuh Noordin, Lebuh Ong Chong Keng, Jalan Saw Ah Choy, Lorong Saw Ah Choy, Kheam Hock Road, Jalan P. Ramlee, Jalan Toh Khay Beng, Taman Wu Lien Teh, Jalan Wu Lien Teh, Jalan Yeoh Guan Seok and Jalan Zainal Abidin, I shall leave it to readers to figure out which are the roads considered outstation to Penang. 

The ones named after the Founder and the old educationalists are Taman Hutchings, Jalan Cheeseman, Jalan Hamilton, Jalan Hargreaves, Lilitan Hargreaves and Jalan Pinhorn.

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