This picture depicts the current blocks of old shophouses that you see in Sarikei. The block opposite the 3rd block (not shown) that housed the Cantonese Association & 2 kopi tiam's was sadly burnt down in the 90's and was replaced by a montrous new block. Observe the classic design of the balcony and the wooden windows in the 4th block.
Don't you love those antique cars & lorries that replaced the bicycles as the status symbols? In the 50-60's, it was slanted parking (note that there's no parking slot lines). Cars in Sarawak cost more than West Malaysia due to the extra import journey. I suspect it was imported through Kuching and then to Sarikei by road or river. When the car population exploded in the 70's, it was changed to parallel parking (2 rows - one row in each direction). The swallows from the electrcity cables above loved to carpet bomb the cars with their black & white droppings at night. The swallows were in a love-hate symbiotic relationship with Sarikei folks - you scared the shit out of them with CNY firecrackers once a year & they gave you shit 365 days a year.