Saturday, November 24, 2007

Scenes - Sarikei Wharf Road Block 2

And now for Block 2, Wharf Road, which was completed in 1935. All the Wharf Road and Bank Road blocks are on 99 years lease hold. Let's document the 1st or 2nd batch of pioneers.



Sarikei Wharf Road, Block 2, 2007.
No. 11 Wharf Road is on the left.


No. 11 Wharf Road:
廣興 Kwong Hin (pottery and hardware on ground floor). Cantonese owned.

Its history: 张乐天 (Chong, a Hakka, first principal of Kwong Chien school) first came to Sare and started pepper farming before moving to Sarikei to operate a Chinese medical hall but the shop shifted several time to different locations before settling at No. 11 Wharf Rd now occupied by 廣興 Kwong Hin. Chong shared the other half of the shop with a young Hokkien from Kapit who started Heng Cheong 恆昌.

张乐天 Chong later finally moved to No. 4 Repok Road. Heng Cheong 恆昌moved to No. 6 Repok Road.

and

Sarikei Hotel 泗里奎旅社 (first floor). Hakka (Kong San 廣新) owned. They also owned the old wooden 1930-1950s (?) Bai Sheng theatre that used to stand at the location of Block 6 Right of 50-54 Repok Road (opposite the Rex Cinema). The manager that ran the hotel was a Mr. Tan.


No. 10 Wharf Road:
富春 Fu Chen (sundry). Hokkien (Kang) owned. The 2nd generation Mr. Kang married the hairdresser of 燕燕 Yen Yen hair salon of No 12 Repok Road, Block 3 Right.

In 1972, part of Fu Chen was rented to Dr. Wong Toh Hoo to run a clinic.

In the old days, the shop was Kong Con Mau 广忪茂 rented by Khoo Peng Loong, the Cantonese kapitan after the war. The shop was owned by Wong Koh Chiong 黄可川 of No.1 Wharf Road. One of the long time employee of kapitan Khoo was Tiong Hong Kwong, the brother of Tiong Hong Ming, the Sarikei engineer - developer and center forward of earliest basketball team 飞碟 Flying Saucer.

Peng Loong's son worked as the CTC sawmill manager in the 1970s. Khoo Peng Loong knows some English and that was one of his biggest advantages over all the other "Chinaman" as perceived by the colonial government. (Source: Reader 45 rpm)

No. 9 Wharf Road:
This shop has a weird combo of tenants. It was a popular stop in the 60-70s for its diversity.

元康 Guan Kong medicine and herbs. Foochow owned. (Wong?)

and
元昌Guang Chiong apparels. Foochow owned (Wong). Still operating today in the newer shops

and
隆康Leong Kong Goldsmith. Foochow owned. (Wong). Still operating today in the newer shops.


No. 8 Wharf Road:
茂興 Chop Mau Hin (marine engine, water pumps, spare parts)

and

Chun Fen Studio春风照像馆
Chua Wei Ming 蔡伟明, a Hokkien, son of the owner of Kim Seng Ang (No 3 Wharf Road) was a photo enthusiast and started Chun Fen studio. He passed away early and his wife (Chen Sui Nong, sister of Chen Ko Ming) took over the business for a while before a Foochow took over and converted the name to 香港 Hong Kong studio which still exists today in the newer shops.


No. 7 Wharf Road:
六勝 Luk Seng Co.

林春記號 Ling Choon Kee was the original coffee shop No. 7 Wharf Rd. The name was mentioned in the interview with Mr. Chan 張武祥. (Source: Reader 45 rpm)


No. 6 Wharf Road:

三興 San Hin pastry and biscuit store. Foochow (Wong) owned. Popular for their kong pia and soft pastry 蛋糕.



Sarikei Wharf Road, Block 2, 2006.
Traditional goods trolley.


This type of goods trolley is used by shops to deliver goods to and from the wharf. One man pulls from the front and an optional man pushes from behind if the load is heavy like several gunny sacks of rice and tins of biscuits. The handle can be locked with a chain and padlock (see picture) so that anyone seen pulling a handle that's upright may be a potential thief.

In the 60-70s, coolies (dock labourers) would hang around the wharf waiting for ad hoc work to deliver goods. They can be identified with a red or blue cloth (used as a anti dirt layer between their shirts and the goods) and a hooked tool (used for hooking onto sacks like animal feed or sugar and flinging the sack over their shoulder).

Do you like to pull proactively or be pushed?

9 comments:

tuanlokong said...

Daniel you mentioned Hong Kong Studio, this studio had a very significant memory for me. He took all the pictures of my marriage in late 70s. That was the older son of the owner. His brother Alex now, the Aifah Electrical is a good friend of mine.

Kanga said...

Just been to my favourite Sarikei and back. Developed photos by Hong Kong studio (its all digital now)!I still recognise the old man!
Now Wharf Road! Can anyone still remember a club house opposite the Wharf Road block next to the old custom building? I heard my first 'rock-n-roll' song in this club house. I can't remember when it was demolished.
That old goods trolley has not brake! I have used it to transport pepper, rice,...etc to help my dad's business for a while. I walked along the Wharf Road shops 3-4 times last week and it is not the same to me anymore. This blog brings back good memories.

Lidasar said...

No. 8 Wharf Road 茂興 Chop Mau Hin started in the 70s. The boss was a long time worker of Tong Aik No.1 Wharf Rd and having carried kerosene with bamboo pole for a long period during those early days might have cost his slightly hunched back. Much early No. 8 Wharf Rd was the shop of a prominent Cantonese by the shop name Kong Con Mau, Beng Lung was the Kapitan before Chan Ko Ming and was trusted by the Brook's administration for his non-Chinaman style. Unlike the other early migrants Beng Lung came to Sarikei with his parents from Indonesia. Some of you might have seen his son who was once the manager of CTC and the husband of probably the most sophisticatedly dressed lady of her era. Kong Con Mau had the license to sale hunting guns but not the others until much later such as Kong Hup Heng, Soon Huat and Hua Hin. Beng Lung was the developer of the two blocks, one on the right of Wharf Rd which is nearest to the old wet market and the block behind which is the block on Repok Rd Right. In the early days no one had a radio until Chinese Chamber of Commerce spend five hundred dollar to buy the 1st radio, a Philip and was nicely locked up on level 2 of the Chamber's building. It was a milestone for Sarikei's trades as they need to know the latest price of commodities such as pepper. No one would have the confident to tune the Radio then and Beng Lung would be the one entrusted to do the job. Now can you imagine the sight of all the big Towkays surrounding Beng Lung and the Philip radio anxiously on a daily basis?

Fu Chen as I can recall is not a Hokkien shop, the boss was Mui Mui whom is a Foochow. He married a Cantonese hair dresser whom had a few kids from her earlier marriage to a Cantonese Loh Ah Kiew. Loh Ah Kiew was a prominent figure in his era but died early in his 30s, he was one of the very few who knows some English. The cemetery at 1 ½ mile was fully occupied and Loh Ah Kiew and a few other prominent community leaders attempt to buy over a piece of land at 2 ½ mile as the new cemetery but met with hostile dispute from the Foochow as the surrounding are Foochow's land. The surrounding Foochow even makes up road blockage to shows their non-acceptance of the new cemetery. When Loh Ah Kiew passed away he was the first to be buried at this cemetery.

In the early days No. 7 Wharf Rd was a coffee shop that also sold porridge and operated by a Cantonese Lam Chan Kei who later sold out and return to China after the war. He had a daughter endowed with a great classic beauty look whom was married to a Cantonese Pak Fu who later brought her back to Sarikei.

San Hin 三興 boss was a worker for Hiap Kee confectioner that long exist in Sarikei, Hiap Kee shop is facing the jetty clock tower. Talking of Kong Piang you got to interview the boss of Nguong Yik, 3rd block Repok Left. As far as my record can goes they are the earliest in making Kong Piang in Sarikei, still wooden shop then. In the early days some students from St.Anthony would ride their bicycle down to their wooden shop house to buy Kong Piang, during those days there was an old Indian man selling Kacang putih out side the school during recess too. The next time you see lawyer Chong you can ask if he was one of the student buying Kong Piang from Nguong Yik, five cent for two.

廣興 Kwong Hin is Hakka owned, not Cantonese. A lot of Hakkas are from廣 东, hence the word Kwong 廣 is common for both Cantonese and Hakka. Lawyer Chong's dad and Heng Chiong shared this shop once in the early days.

One of the freelance coolies who used one of those goods trolley that I can recall in the early days is a Hokkien whom everyone called him Hantu Peck. If you translate to English that means Ghost for Hantu. He was a bachelor and an opium smoker, he work through out his life till old age. Another is a Foochow Mr.Lee who work until old age and his two sons carry on with his trade.

Hope next year I can make a trip to Xiaman Fujian province to trace my root.

tuanlokong said...

Aha, sound nice could or maybe join together for the trip? I met a decendent/relative directly from mainland in the middle East. He wroks for SCADA instrumentations firm.

He came from KungMing and that, my realname too. From there we start chatting he mentioned about his home. Later I informed him about a house in KungMing. The house is his neighbor! I guess in China the name my sir-name Lo is Luo.

Lidasar said...

Wow! Kanga! You trigger my memory nerve. Yes the old club house, located by the river, opposite old Kwang Lee Bank unit and next to the old custom building. This was a wooden single storey building make of Bilian wood which was the oldest wet market. The wet market was relocated to the old market that is beside 1st block Repok Right in the 50s and when that happen the building was converted to a club. The building has a smaller side build-up where there was an Indian selling pineapples, pumpkins etc which was in business even after the market was relocated, pineapples were sold for 1 or 2 cents each then. The club house was the place where the towkays was having their mahjong session or rather their learning session as many towkays only start learning mahjong in later stage. This is also the place where you can get western delights and coffee from Hainanese stall. Boats and sampans from upper Nyelong & Sarikei River will berth by the river next to the building thus making the 3rd and 4th block wharf Rd the business center of her days. The old police station wasn't around then and instead right at that location where the gate of the old police station was the old water storage tank where town folks purchase their water, I will talk of that in another occasion.

I recall Low Ah Kiew wooden Kampung house was right behind 4th block Repok Right (Ang Ting Tong Medical Hall). The piece of land was acquired for the contraction of the block that Ah Kow restaurant is located. You probably can't find another Chinese houses that is so near the town. The wife of Low Ah Kiew is fondly called Gwa Soh who started the hair saloon at the 1st shop 3rd block Repok Right, likely around 1955. The hairdresser 燕燕 Yen Yen hair salon Daniel mentioned was probably the daughter of Low Ah Kiew and Gwa Soh. They had a son whom was English educated and was the manager of Sabor Sarikei.

Saiee Driss said...

Hello, I am from Serdeng, former in the Meradong District, and now part oleh Daro District and Mukah Division. Ia went to school in SMK Binatang (1965-1969) dand SMB Methodist for my sixth form.

Since then I have been away for more than 30 years, and now a retired civil servant working in a media service in Kuala Lumpur.

To me Sarikei is still my town and my latest vesit had been in May 2007.

I remember very well when I was of those from the outskirt and the hinterland of Sarikei using perahu dayung in the 50-s and 60's and stayed overnight at the wharf.

It might be unthinklable now to perceive that as a great pleasure, but it was at that time.

My late father who spent much his time to catch king crab in the delta would paddle us to Sarikei to sell his catch and part of which was for out pocket money when reporting back to SMK Binatang.

I dont remember but the price of king crabs was higher in Sarikei, or what so ever that my late father prefered Sarikeri rather that Binatang.

I like your Sarikei Time Kapsul. Congratulation.

Tuan Lokong said...

Still is Sarikei Crab is the best, I think especially in Sare' they call it "Ketam Singkol" it is huge and the arm as big as a baby wrist.
(Psst...I never able to kill one of those even when it is the bucket :)...)

Daniel Yiek said...

Saiee Driss,
Welcome to another "senior" reader. Nice memories!

Kanga/Lidasar,
Wow, a clubhouse at that location.

I heard about the water storage tank at the police station location from my older relatives. More on that later when the police station is featured.

45rpm said...

Lidasar, you lost a little memory of the correct shop for 邱炳浓 Khoo Peng Loong. The shop he was operating was No 10 Wharf Rd, the one that 富春 Fu Chen is now located. One of the long time employee of Kapitan Khoo was Tiong Hong Kwong whom is the brother of Tiong Hong Ming the Sarikei engineer - developer and center forward of earliest basketball team 飞碟.

林春記號 Ling Choon Kee was the coffee shop that Lidasar mentioned at No 7 Wharf Rd. The name was mentioned by Mr. Chan 張武祥 in your Sep 03 2008 post.

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