It's debatable whether moving the historic padang to the residential suburb can attract the right level of human traffic for events, ceromonies & sports. Denizens of Sarikei naturally gravitated towards town even if they didn't know there's something going on at the old padang. There's a captive audience because the padang was the nerve centre within ear and eye reach of people who were in town.Sarikei Civic Centre 2004: Decorative trees added
The Sarikei Civic Centre is a handsome building with nice ethnic roof design. Its huge multi-purpose hall can accomodate 1000 people for educational, cultural, social or recreational activities. It has a kopitiam (coffeeshop) on the ground floor. It's a nice addition to Sarikei 's skyline but Sarikei downtown has lost part of its buzz and heritage with the demise of the padang. And no more school sports day in town where you could stroll off to grab an ice cold soon gan (calamansi - small local lime) drink at the kopitiam's.