Sarikei Nyelong Road 2008
View from main traffic light junction
Nyelong River in distant background.
Not shown: Civic Centre (L) and District Council (R)
Have you ever thought about the origin of the name of Nyelong River 義朗河? Nyelong Road and Nyelong Park residential area are named after it. Well, after you had spat out the salty water that you drank as a kid while swimming there, the answer might emerge from the murky waters. Nyelong is the Malaysian name for a tree that is common in SE Asia.
Nyelong Tree, Source: Nationaalherbarium
Nyelong Road stretches from Nyelong River to the Repok Road traffic light junction. After Repok Road, the road continues as Jalan Masjid Lama till it reaches Sarikei River. It was formerly known as Masjid Road till mid 1970s. It's a no brainer on the origin of this Malay name - the old wooden mosque used to be at the Ngiu Ngee Store location. You can still find the Malay graveyard behind Ngiu Ngee. Across Sarikei River, the road continues as Rentap Road. The three roads combined is the straightest road in Sarikei.
The kampung road (branching off Repok Road) that leads to the current mosque is called Jalan Masjid Baru (New Mosque Road).
Barrack means a building or group of buildings for lodging soldiers especially in garrison. Looks like the original barracks were at this location before it was moved to the police station area at Market Road. Can anyone shed some light on this?There are other simpler names like Hospital Road where the 2nd Sarikei hospital is located. Jalan Bangunan Kerajaan (Government Buildings Road) hosts the State and Federal Offices, government quarters, SESCO and the fire station.
Sarikei Disctrict Council in background
The road leading to Kwang Chien primary school was once full of rubber trees, one of the two old cash crops of Sarikei. Who owned that rubber plantation? (Rubber planting was preferred by the Foochows whereas pepper was the Cantonese's preferred crop.) In the old days, this area was like the fringes of Sarikei. Getah is rubber in Malay so I'll leave it to you figure it out the rest.Who says you don't need to know the road names in Sarikei? Frankly, I only knew a few roads like Repok Road and Wharf Road when I was a teenager so it's confession time for you!