The road was created in the early 20th. century, as George Town was expanding westwards.
As George Town continued to expand at the turn of the 20th. century, several new roads off Dato' Keramat Road were named after the states of the then British Malaya, including the Straits Settlements which composed of Penang, Singapore and Malacca. Hence, a few roads off Dato' Keramat Road, between Convent Dato' Keramat and the Haji Kassim Mosque, were named after the fellow Straits Settlement and its offshore islands.
In 1963, the Federation of Malaysia was formed by a political merger of Malaya, Singapore, North Borneo (now Sabah) and Sarawak. However, Singapore was subsequently ejected from the Malaysian Federation on 9 August 1965 and gained independence as the Republic of Singapore.
Other Singaporean Street Names in George Town
Four minor roads adjoining Singapore Road were also named after other islands within the Republic of Singapore.
One of the major roads in downtown Singapore was also named after Penang.
Penang Road runs parallel to a stretch of Orchard Road, Singapore's famous shopping street. Created in 1906, when both Singapore and Penang were under the British Crown Colony of the Straits Settlements, the road was named after the fellow Straits Settlement of Penang.
Penang State Government
N.29 Dato Keramat State Assemblyman : Jagdeep Singh Deo (Democratic Action Party)
Malaysian Federal Parliament
P.050 Jelutong Member of Parliament : Ooi Chuan Aun (Democratic Action Party)