Monday, March 13, 2006

View - Sarikei 1948

Sarikei - Repok Road 1948

This is one of the earliest photos of Sarikei's main artery, the Repok Road.

The wooden shophouses are not the cement shophouses that are left standing now. The windows on the ground floor of the 2nd block do not exist on the current block. The roofs of all the blocks were steeper than what we have now. The windows of the 3rd block were longer (full length) versus what we have now. Observe that there were awnings for sun block and steps leading to higher five-foot ways in front of the shops (probably for flood precaution which happened every now & then even in the 60's & 70's). Electricity poles had been erected in the middle of the road and that's where the town's mascots, the swallows, rested at night for a swinging good time on the wires. There's only one car in the picture & the de facto mode of transport was by bicycles (a luxury then) or "bus 11" (i.e. walking with your legs!).

Can anyone ask your parents or grandparents what that intriguing building was in the middle of the road next to the 1st block? It could not be a taxi stand as there were no cabs then. Was it constructed by Japanese during WWII? It's unlikely as St Anthony's School was the administrative HQ of the Japanese during the war. Was it the old vegetables & meat market or warehouse or ticket counter for boats?

1 comment:

Chen said...

I remember my dad had some photos of the old Sarikei town but the photos are now in Sarawak...

I will always remember the scenic view of swamps of swallows flying in the sky in Sarikei town in the late evening.

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