Saturday, May 31, 2008

Scenes - Sarikei Rejang Wharf Terminal 1. 1971

When Chen Ko Ming decided to move to Kuching in late 1971, it was a loss of a natural leader to Sarikei. Denizens of Sarikei turned out in droves to send him off at the Rejang River wharf (it was not called Terminal 1 as it was the only wharf then).


Sarikei Rejang Wharf Terminal 1, 1971Click to enlarge. Click back arrow to come back.Find the magrove trees and 2 sheds at Bank Road.

This valuable picture showed how the old Sarikei wharf looked like. There was no pavilion then. Each bridge was made up of 2 wooden sections connected to a middle cement section which was piled deep into the mud. The front section was fixed but the second section was left to bob according to the tide (high tide shown in the picture). The ends of the bridges were connect to a floating pontoon (shown below) which still exists today.

Check out the quaint old shops at Wharf Road and Bank Road. Do you remember those two sheds by the river in front of the Bank Road block? It had about 4-5 stalls each which sold breakfast snacks like pink layered kueh, green rolls with coconut shavings, green balls that enclosed attap sugar, steamed and fried yam cakes, panggang rice in banana leaves and deep fried yu tiau for dipping in piping hot soy bean drink. Sarikei's original ding pian hu started at the corner stall in these sheds. The Foochow parents of the existing stall at the shop at the Payang Puri block operated that stall. People ate by sitting on wooden benches. Some of you will have fond memories of the food!


Sarikei Rejang Wharf Terminal 1, 1971Click to enlarge. Click back arrow to come back.They departed on the ship, Raja Mas (left)


Raja Mas was a cargo cum passenger ship that plied between Sarikei and Kuching. The other ship in the 1970s was Pulau Kijang. Later the Kuching departure/arrival was moved to the Nyelong River cargo wharf (next to the now-defunct wooden ferry jetty). Pulau Kijang sank on 27 Dec 1973 at the Rejang River mouth in the biggest marine disaster in Sarawak's history. Raja Mas also sank on 18 Feb 1997 at the turbulent seas off Rejang River mouth.

In those days, it took several hours (7 hours+) to reach Kuching but now you can do it in 3.5 hours in an express ship so what are you complaining about? OK, fair enough, they still bring ducks, chicken and fighting cocks on board...

Acknowledgement - Ease Chen - daughter of Chen Ko Ming.

11 comments:

John said...

Hi,
Check out my website at http://johnting.blogspot.com/

Pls forward to your friends

Regards,
John

John said...

Thank you for dropping by although not sure how you get to my site. Anyway, keep it up.

lidasar said...

STLau:
First parlimentary election in Sarawak was in 1969 with this result (SNAP=9 seats; Alliance=7; SUPP=5; Pesaka=2; Ind=1). First state election also in 1969 (ALL=15 seats; SUPP=12; SNAP=12; Pesaka=8; Ind=1).
In the 1970 Parlimentary Election, it was Chen Ko Ming (SCA) at 4041 votes vs Lo Pek Ung (SUPP) at 3337 votes. In the 1970 State Election, it was Khoo Peng Loong (SUPP) at 2399 votes vs Chen Ko Ming (SCA) at 1787 votes.

So in 1970 Mr.Chen Ko Ming was a MP and Mr.Khoo Peng Loong represented in the Sate assembly. Interesting to note a rivalry between Mr.Chen and Mr.Khoo, one representing SCA, the other SUPP and both were Cantonese Kapitan before. Can we also conclude than Mr.Chen didn't serve the full term since he left Sarikei in 1971?

Daniel Yiek said...

Lidasar,
Very interesting election history.
Chen Ko Ming left Sarikei in 1971 to stay in Kuching. He only migrated to Vancouver in 1977 so I believe he did serve the full MP term.

John,
Welcome and all other new readers!

Gaharuman said...

Daniel,

I thought Khoo Peng Loong like |Dre Soon's father is a Hokkien!

John said...

sorry i think you got more most of my sarikei friends be4 me
btw, i really curious how u can find my blog. i didnt even mentioned i am from sarikei

Daniel Yiek said...

Gaharuman,
I checked a book (Sibu Chinese History Collection 詩巫華族史科集, 1992). Khoo Peng Loong is the first chairman of the Sibu Cantonese Association in 1955. (By the way, that's a great book on Sibu)

This is the same year the Sarikei Cantonese Association started with Chen Ko Ming as chairman after the success of the trade hartal in Jan 1955.

John
Your Blog profile didnt say you are from Sarikei but as long as your blog post had the word "Sarikei" even once, there are several search engines that can easily find words thru their indexing. Every now and then, I use the internet to find Sarikei people. :)

Gaharuman said...

Daniel,

Thanks for enlightening me. All this while i thought he is a Hokkien!!

lidasar said...

No. 8 Wharf Road was the shop of a prominent Cantonese by the shop name Kong Con Mau, Mr.Khoo Peng Loong 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 Peng Loong came to Sarikei with his parents from Indonesia. His mum was a stylish lady in old Sarikei who enjoy a game of Mahjong. 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 (70s/80s). 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. Peng Loong was the developer of the two blocks, the one on Bank 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 Peng Loong would be the one entrusted to do the job. Now can you imagine the sight of all the big Towkays surrounding Peng Loong and the Philip radio anxiously on a daily basis? Mr.Khoo Peng Loong was one of the founding member of SUPP and in the 1970 state election he defeated Mr.Chen Ko Ming by 2399 to 1787 votes. He moved to Sibu and started a wine refinery company and with numerous contributions to the society a road was named after him in Sibu.

Daniel Yiek said...

Lidasar,

Are you saying that Khoo Peng Loong came from No.8 Wharf Rd (Kong Con Mau)? If yes, I will update the Wharf Rd block 2 post.

No. 8 Wharf Rd is now 茂興 (marine engine, water pumps, spare parts); Chop Mau Hin.

Ikan Sembilang emailed that the photo studio, Chang Fong, (predecessor of HK Studio) above No.8 Wharf Rd is 长虹 in Mandarin. He managed to find 2 old late 1940s pic from that studio. Stay tuned!

lidasar said...

Long before Chop Mau Hin ï�d No. 8 Wharf Rd was Kong Con Mau and the business was started by non other than Mr.Khoo Peng Loong the Cantonese Kapitan after the war. Kong Con Mau must have existed long time ago since memory of his son running naked playing around Wharf Rd during childhood still exist and his son must be in his 70s now having worked as the CTC sawmill manager in the 1970s. Mr.Koo Peng Loong know some English and that is one of his biggest advantages over all the other "Chinaman".

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