Monday, April 28, 2008

Scenes - Sarikei Wharf Terminal 1. 1980

A photographer from Sibu chanced upon this blog and was kind enough to send in this picture.

Higher resolution picture posted. Find the old wharf (made of 2 sections) during the high tide (the 2 sections were almost horizontal). A ship was berthed near the customs building in the background. The old shops looked quaint but nice.

Sarikei Wharf Terminal 1, Nov 1980 (updated date)
Click to enlarge. Click back arrow to come back.

Let us do a bit of verification. You can see the clock tower which was completed in 1974. There was an interim Terminal 1 (T1) which opened on 1 Sept 1991 (updated) (click Wharf label) before the current Terminal which opened on 14 Apr 2001 (updated) . So this picture falls in the correct time frame of 1974-1991. It's always fun to do this sort of time check.

Do you recall those massive logs used by the sampans to berth? What trees were those? Find the kids walking precariously on the log. Observe the mangrove trees that used to lined our wharf. Also note that the cargo wharf between T1 and T2 had not been built yet at the location of the logs.

Finally, walk down memory lane at Bank Road and Wharf Road and say hello to the police at their station at the end of Wharf Road. They were still checking whether you had paid your bicycle fine for cycling at night with no lights.


Daniel Yiek said...

This post is late because I just got back from Hyderabad, middle of India. Fort, grand palace tombs, monument in old city, bryani rice and a new airport.

There's good interaction in the comments section of the previous post. I'm quite shocked to see around 75 readers per day on last Wed/Thu/Fri.

Teaser: Stay tuned folks, I still have some old black n white pics that I will release over 2008. I will definitely run out of content by end of 2008 so please dig your family albums for old pics.

lidasar said...

Let me try to guess the massive logs, this is from the Jelotong tree which is one of the main timber Sarawak is producing. Anyone who disagrees is welcome to dispute. I am anguish by the deforesting of our natural resources to benefit the few that walk the corridor of power.

Daniel Yiek said...

I have posted a higher resolution picture. See Updated paragraph.

Meanwhile, some news on the Sarikei politics.

DAP Files Sarawak's First Election Petition For Sarikei Parliamentary Seat

Edward Subeng Stephen

SIBU, April 22 (Bernama) -- The DAP today filed an election petition for the Sarikei parliamentary seat, the first in the state after the recent 12th general elections.

Its lawyer, Chong Siew Chang filed the petition with M. Rajalingam, the deputy registrar of the High Court here, on behalf of petitioner Wong Hua Seh who was the party candidate for the seat.

Barisan Nasional debutante Ding Kuong Hiing (representing the Sarawak United People's Party or SUPP) won the seat in a five-cornered fight with a simple majority of 51 votes, the smallest in the state.

He polled 10,588 votes against Wong's 10,537 from a turnout of 21,891.

All three independents lost their deposits.

The petition seeks to nullify the result and named returning officer Abang Mohd Porkan Abang Budiman as first respondent and Ding, second.

Later, DAP state chairman Wong Ho Leng told reporters at his office that the petition was based on three grounds.

He said the first was under Section 32(a),(b) and (c), Section 35(a),(b) and 10(b) and (c) of the Election Offences Act 1954.

The second is under Regulations 25c(1) and Section 25(12)(b)(ii) of the Elections(Conduct of Elections) Regulations 1981.

The third is under Regulations 6(1) and Regulations 14(3) of the Elections (Postal Voting)Regulations 2003.

Ho Leng alleged, among others, that there was a corrupt practice of bribery (as specified under Section 32(c), 10(b) and (c) of the Election Act) committed by Ding and his agent or person, one Tan Sri Ting Pek Khiing.

"Ding and Pek Khiing, for instance, had invited some 1,600 people from Bintangor and Sarikei to dinners on three different occasions during the campaigning period on Feb 25 and 29 and on March 2.

During the dinners at restaurants, Pek Khiing had publicly announced that he would build the Tunku Abdul Rahman or TAR college if the people voted for Ding," claimed Ho Leng.

He also alleged that even the former incumbent, Tan Sri Law Hieng Ding who was present at the dinner on Feb 29, had addressed the invited guests and had uttered words to the effect that a vote for Ding would mean a vote for the college.

Ho Leng also claimed that on March 4, another corrupt practice was committed when Pek Khiing again told a group of about 60 people gathering at the proposed site of the college in Kelupu Road in Bintangor that he would commence its first phase of the construction at once, if Ding won.

All these events were reported in local Chinese language newspapers, he said.

Philip Hii said...

Hi Lidasar, I won't agree with you that the logs are Jelutong.And I am quite certain Jelutong has never been one of the main timber produced in Sarawak. Probably the logs were Meranti or some mixed light species.

Kanga said...

Hi lidasar,
I agree with Philip Hii that the timber may not be jelutong. I have chopped jelutong trees(much smaller trees)myself. It is a soft wood and I doubt it will stand salty water for long. Also I recall jelutong trees are very straight and tall (few branches). I have walked along floating timbers like this when my dad's boat was 'parked' along these timbers (in the late 1950's and early 60's).

Tuan Lokong said...

Hehehe... lets put it this way these wood must be of poor value. Good value logs are for sale. So the log may not be even Meranti. Which fetch good money too....

Say it got to be Enchepong or Engkerumai or Pelaii. Looking at the butress it the first or third ones.

sarawakiana said...

The logs used for the boat men and passengers to "jump" on land were usually the lose logs from the careful tied rafts from upriver. These three were probably the more inferior types which float well and may decay faster with time. Looking at the buttress root of one log, it is not too old. The one with the knot may not be too good for sawn timber. So these could also be the rejects.

For sure these are not meranti (which hole in centre) or selangan batu (dark in colur and very heavy, often just one inch above the surface and the rest below water). It cannot be ramin because ramin decays or rots well in water.

My uncle would just call them "chak char" or miscellaneous tropical wood, good for making jetties and for smoking rubber sheets.

My info is rather lay man, very sixties,hands on.

today, very few logs of good quality are left loose because of better management.

Nevertheless, the photo is a valuable treasure. More valueable in the future too when global warming will erase most giant trees from the surface of the earth.

Continue to collect these kinds of photos. In the future, you will have a gallery of great rainforest photos. Cyber museum or gallery.

Wonderful blog!!

Philip Hii said...

Yes, probably those were rejected logs. They might be just salvaged from the river as in those days some of the rejected logs were just pushed off the log pond and let them flowed down river.Many jetties along the lower Rajang and Igan rivers were built with these logs tied together.

lidasar said...

Interesting, which is correct?

Chak char
Rejected logs

But again how could it be rejected logs when log of such size are just fantastic for making ply wood? I would say these are probably logs that came loose on their way to Tanjung Manis while passing by Sarikei. I know of people who just drag one back to Bukit Huang for their own use, making sampan or repairing their house.

Tuan Lokong said...

mmm those days there were no plywood mills as it is today. At that time most probably the most advance wood moulding Factory was Ding Brothers in Sungai Merah(Remembered work there in 1975 for 3 months) Later join some Cina men to Pasai to float down river logs tied in special pattern called "Akit" in Iban. Paid $5.00 per day at that time float from 0700am to 0700pm pheww.

Philip Hii said...

Daniel, the year this photo was taken is finally solved. I searched through the old articles I wrote for The Borneo Bulletin and found the photo published on November 22, 1980. It must have been taken on the same month.FYI, I was Staff Correspondent for the Brunei weekly from 1980 to 1986. I have other pictures of Sarikei, Jakar,Saratok and Dalat taken during the early 80s.So when your stock gets dry, just let me know.

Daniel Yiek said...

Thanks for resolving the date of the picture. Dates are key for future generations to cherish such pics. :) I used to read Borneo Bulletin when I was still in S'wak.

When you get the time, pls feel free to email the pics you mentioned (high resolution preferred so that readers can click to enlarge to cherish the old pics). I usually blog by combining pics from different sources for a more complete story. I had to adopt a naming convention for the pics in my hard disk to group similar pics together or else I'll never be able to find my way thru the pic files.

Some long time readers may have noticed that nowadays each post has more pics between the text. The pics are used to break the monotony or impatience of reading text alone in this "instant gratification" era of the internet.

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