Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Scenes: Sarikei - Merudu bridges

Sarikei 1991 - Merudu bridges (Repok Rd in background)


Who says Sarikei has nothing much to offer the tourists besides Sebangkoi Park? At around 3rd mile Repok Road, turn into CTC sawmill. Smile and show off your white pearly to get permission to look around the sawmill (left in the picture). Then head off to snap pictures of silty Sarikei River which has occasional sightings of buaya (crocodile in Malay).

The older wooden bridge for bicyles & pedestrians on the extreme right was built in the 70's and is the oldest bridge across Sarikei River. The bi-directional steel bridge in the middle & left was opened to traffic on Aug, 1990. This supposedly improved housing & light industries in Merudu 摩鲁都. I have not been deep into Merudu across the bridge. If anyone knows what's in there, please comment. School, countryside homes, etc?

The temple on the right has interesting animals left by devotees. You don't have to be religious to visit. Amongst the smell of joss stick fumes and nice architecture, find tortoises (do not pelt the bored creatures with another wishing coin!), snakes, birds and a type of wild civet cat with bushy tail (memories from my visit 4 years ago). Then the star attraction: a monstrous croc that's much bigger than the one in Kuching Aquarium. It was reared from young but I heard that it has escaped! Any crocodile hunter in the house?

8 comments:

JiNG said...

yo.... u know... this bridge...is very old liao but still can support cars and lorry... for the question wat is inside..well.. got housing area but its chinese kampung style..err.. a bit like banglow and are separated with big area.. and within this road..got one junction can link it to kampung seberang..know where is tat?? may be u can comment about that bridge also..i live there... and if we ignore that junction and go straigh...we will confront another junction, to go out to JAKAR..well...its jakar.. its J infront...not Z.haha..just in case other dunno lar.... ok.. then ignore that junction, i have no idea anymore..tats the farrest i manage to go for my 20 years in sarikei..haha..

Sim Y said...

Daniel,

In case you do not know. The timber furnance is no longer around. There is a new white temple at the place of the old temple.

If you look at the place where the photographer is standing (look reverse), a lot of housing developments now on going.

After 15 years (in 2006), things do look very different. (except the river)

Daniel Yiek said...

Jing & Sim...good updates! If anyone pass by that area, take a picture & email me to post to compare the changes.

Anonymous said...

that road down after the bridge is the one we always use to avoid roadbloack near Sekolah Tinggi. When you have a very loud exhaust you tend to use that road more. It will lead to Jakar and then to my house..
a friend live not far from that bridge, his father own the Sawmill on the right side of the road..

fred

Daniel Yiek said...

I bet not many people know that there's a way from Merudu to Jakar! Folks, pls explore that corner of Sarikei!

ront said...

yes the giant croc is no longer there in that temple....rumour has it it escaped.....but no confirmation....who knows if the croc ends up on dinner table......but there's another (or was it a few?) croc is put there as substitute...

Lidasar said...

Jung Kwan a Cantonese started the sawmill CTC, actually he started one in Rajang first and later closed it down and build the one in 2 ½ mile Sarikei called CTC. This was before the war and the machine were operated using steam from burning left over wood and only later it was converted to using diesel. He make a very fine commercial boat called Nam Hai 南海 and if not mistaken the boat even make two trip back to China. Later the boat was sold to Sibu businessman and was used between Sibu & Kuching. Later the sawmill was sold to Australian who hired the son of Beng Lung as the CTC manager. Beng Lung was the Kapitan before Chan Ko Ming, Beng Lung was also the developer for the two block closes to the old market in 1946. The saw mill eventually falls into the hand of Foochow from Sibu.

adam legak said...

wow.. i used to cycle to this area.. i remembered there is a crocodile pond in the temple compound. really miss sarikei

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