This photo was hanging in the Sarikei District Office's 9th floor (yes, that's the tallest building in town) along with some of the old Sarikei photos which I have already posted before. I asked permission to take a digital picture.
The first impresssion everyone has of Sarikei's bird's eye view is that it's surrounded by 3 rivers - Nyelong (left), Rejang (front) and Sarikei (right). I heard a story that Sarikei's fengshui (geomancy in Mandarin) is good because it's surrounded by water. It's like a tongue and the story goes that Sarikei is destined to produce successful sons. Have you heard of this?
A ship was heading towards Tanjung Manis along the Rejang River. Find the high rise blocks around Payang Puri and the Ngiu Kee stretch along Jalan Masjid Lama. Search for the neat houses in the Malay kampung (villages) on the bottom right. Observe the huge hinterland in the background.
Sarikei 2001: Nyelong River at the front. Rejang River at the right.
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(source: Sarikei District Office)
This picture is in the glass panelled notice board (hence the middle line in the photo) on the ground floor of the Civic Centre on the original padang (field). Note the tallest building (Sarikei District Office) next to the Nyelong ferry crossing and the new sports field to the left of it. Find Nyelong Park to the left (around 27 years old; 1974-2001) How many of you grew up there?). Observe the straight road that connects Nyelong River (Jalan Nyelong) and Sarikei River (Jalan Masjid Lama). That whole stretch of road was lighted up for CNY 2007. Across Sarikei River bridge, the new residential area had mushroomed.
If Sarikei's main area is a tongue, then the buildings are tastebuds. Are there any fengshui experts among the readers?