Sarikei Club 1979 - Teens quenching their thirst after a game. Find the old basketball court in Picture 1's background.
The clicking sound of mahjong tiles could be heard as you approached the Sarikei Club. It had been around since the late 60's or even earlier. If anyone knows the history of the club, please comment. It had just been demolished and some construction is going on (for another row of shops?). I hope that they had saved the old photos of the club house which were on the wall. The Sarikei Club was next to the Sarikei soldiers' camp and just behind the Sarikei Chamber of Commerce.
Sarikei Club 1979 - barefooted Sampras wannabe. Check out the old houses on stilts in the background.
Adults loved to play cards and mahjong in the non-airconditioned room. There's a canteen counter where you could order your usual kopitiam drinks. It had the first tennis court in Sarikei. Ok, that's great for snob appeal. Later tennis courts could be found at the police quarters next to St Anthony's School and the government quarters next to the fire station. I often sneaked into Sarikei Club with my childhood friends to play ping-pong at one of the few tabletennis table in town in the early 70's. I think there was a billiard table too. I last saw the club house in Jan 2006 and it was weather beaten with diehard faithfuls still patronising it. Should Sarikei have retained a piece of history? As they say in tennis, "Advantage, new development"?