Read this article on line. K.P.Waran in the New Straits Times under Columns is reminiscing about Tennamaram Estate. Was this because coconut trees were in abundance in this estate or did the people in the earlier days mistook the palm fruit trees for coconut trees? I don’t know. But, one thing fascinates me how Tamils had their own names to describe towns and estates and certain areas in this country.
While working in Gemas, I knew Gomali estate. Comedian Estate? Could it be? Was this perchance a reference to a particular Estate Manager with comical inclination. I wonder again.
In Ipoh does anybody, particularly senior citizens, remember Sethu Kampong, (muddy kampong, it was always kampong and not kampung) the shops along Connolly Road, in the vicinity of my alma mater Perak Sangeetha Sabha (Tamil School) immediately after you pass the now extinct Fraser & Neave factory and on the way to Mariamman Temple and Buntong. How well I remember those days, doing errands for my mother buying odds and ends, walking and then cycling from the Railway Quarters to Sethu Kampong.
Chettiar Theru (road) where Chettiar money lenders operated from was another name and this could be because of the Chettiar Temple opposite A.C.S. Ipoh where I studied. The street was then called, if I remember correctly, Belfield Street.
Murugan Temple along Jalan Gunung Cheroh was always, Kalu Malai (stone mountain) Kovil, and I think many more temples bear this name.
Do you know that Telok Anson, changed to Teluk Anson, and now Teluk Intan was referred to as Perak by the Indians then?
For the people from India and even locals in Malaya or Malaysia, our country was referred to as Penangku (Penang). As K.P.Waran I too had written Tamil letters using a pre-paid Air Mail Letter and Malaya was Penangku.
Dear reader, do you remember any other Tamil Malaysian names of old.