Jalan Ampas is a street near Balestier Road in Singapore where the movie studios Malay Film Productions and Shaw Brothers were located.

Jalan Ampas
Name transcription(s)
 • MalayJalan Ampas
(Jawi)جالن امڤاس
 • Tamilஜலன் அம்பாஸ்

Etymology and historyEdit

The name Jalan Ampas owes its heritage as a sugar cane plantation in the early days.[1] In Malay, ampas tebu (post-1972 spelling: hampas tebu) refers to the fibrous pulp that remains after sugar cane has been crushed to extract its juice.[2]


Former Shaw Movie StudioEdit

In 1947, under the banner of Malay Film Productions, the Shaw Brothers set up a film studio in the area, which was to become 'the golden age of Malay cinema'. During the 1950s and 60s, at the peak of its existence, the studio produced over 160 films at the span of two decades. Prominent figures such as John Wayne, Ava Gardner[3] and former Malaysia Prime Minister Tunku Abdul Rahman[4] visited the studio. During this time, the road itself is synonymous and associated with the studio till today.

The studio launched the careers of many Malay film stars, such as S. Shamsuddin, Aziz Sattar, Ahmad Nisfu and P. Ramlee.[citation needed] Films such as Seniman Bujang Lapok and Ibu Mertua-ku became instant hits and cult classics.[citation needed] However, in 1967 due to the lack of demand of Malay films, the studio ceased productions and closed down.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Savage, Victor R. (2013). Singapore street names : a study of toponymics. Brenda S. A. Yeoh. Singapore. p. 362. ISBN 978-981-4484-74-9. OCLC 868957283.
  2. ^ "Site 11: Former Shaw's Malay Film Studies, 8 Jalan Ampas". Balestier Heritage Trail 2014. 7 March 2014. Retrieved 12 February 2017.
  3. ^ Lim, Jerome (11 November 2010). "Where legends of the silver screen had once set foot on: No. 8 Jalan Ampas". The Long and Winding Road. Retrieved 12 February 2017.
  4. ^ "About Shaw - Malay Film Productions". Shaw Theatres. Shaw Organisation. 2007. Retrieved 12 February 2017.