Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Scenes - Sarikei Kite Flying

I was cycling along Sharif Manshor Road leading to the current mosque when I saw these lovely Malay kids making kites in one of the kampung (village) houses near the mosque. They used a knife to cut bamboo strips to make the spars for the kite's frame on which lightweight paper was attached.

The type of kites popular in Sarikei's downtown padang (field) in the 1960-80s was the diamond shaped fighter kite (no tail needed) attached to a single line controlled by the kite flier.

Sarikei Malay kids & kite making, 2007
Find the tin (spool) used to wind the line
Jalan Sharif Manshor

Tension in the line will cause the kite to deform into a shape that allows the kite to track in a straight path, so to control the kite, the flier will release line until the nose of the kite is pointed in the direction that the flier wants the kite to go, and then they will pull in line to make the kite track. (source: Wikipedia)

The fighter kite has an abrasive line used to cut the lines of opponents' kites. Do you recall pounding empty bottles and gluing the broken pieces of glasses patiently onto the line? The euphoria comes after you have successfully maneuvered and sawed the line of other people's kites with your glass coated line.

For non kite lovers who detest spending time over such a leisure activity, well, kite lovers will tell them to go and fly a kite (no pun intended).


Daniel Yiek said...


July 04, 2008 17:09 PM

Taiwanese Group Mulling Investments Of RM1.4 Bil In Tanjung Manis Halal Food Park

By Edward Subeng Stephen

SARIKEI, July 4 (Bernama) -- A Taiwanese group is keen to invest RM1.4 billion in organic farming and food processing activities in the Tanjung Manis Halal Food Park near here.

Sarawak Timber Industry Development Corporation (STIDC) chairman Datuk Seri Awang Tengah Ali Hassan said the group was one of the four investors who have indicated their interest in the park, one of the four designated halal parks in the country.

Tanjung Manis, a new self contained timber industry based township in the state central region, is under the management of STIDC.

The other investors keen to invest in the park are the Dubai World, an Arab group eyeing opportunities in port management services, the Khazanah Group and a Japanese/Arab group keen to develop golf and resort facilities and high end housing, Awang Tengah told Bernama in a recent interview.

"The Khazanah Group is setting its sight on developing a 1,000-hectare site for herbal and fruit plantations," he said.

Elaborating on the Taiwanese group, Awang Tengah, who is also Second Planning and Resources Management Minister, said they had asked for a 2,500-hectare site for their activities.

"They are more into bio tech prawn farming, eel and marine fish farming, chicken and egg production and health food production," he said.

Meanwhile, he said the government would spend RM4.9 billion to develop the park is 9,000 hectares in size.

He said a bulk of the expenditure at RM4.1 billion would go to preparatory works, RM376 million for its infrastructures development while electricity and communication facilities development would cost RM268 million.

When it is ready in 2012, the park will be the biggest of the four halal parks in the country.

"The new development will transform its image from originally a timber based industrial town into a hi tech food production area," he said.

Awang Tengah also said a RM360 million state-of-the art fisheries port, a RM100 million oil palm refinery complex and a RM150 central oil distribution terminal would be three other mega projects in the area.

He said Tanjung Manis too would also house its share of the shipbuilding industry in the state with a site of 142 hectares designated for it.

He said a local company had been tasked with developing its RM50 million ship repairing and building industrial zone which would cater mainly to ocean going ships and vessels.


Daniel Yiek said...

Sarawak to get railway network

BINTULU, July 8 ─ Sarawak’s first railway will be constructed within the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (Score), Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud said today.

He said the development of the railway would facilitate logistics growth in the 320km regional corridor between Similajau in Bintulu Division and Tanjung Manis in Mukah Division which would tap on cheaper energy resources available within the area.

Speaking when launching the residents and district officers' conference here, he said rail transportation would be a cheaper alternative compared with the present mode of using cargo trucks.

Without revealing the cost of the railway project, he said its development would go on beyond 2020.

He said Score would be the final phase for the completion of Sarawak’s development plan to expedite growth in the central part of the state, which evidently was lagging behind the northern and southern sides.

He added that the central part of Sarawak had been losing its workforce and entrepreneurs due to migration to either Kuching in the south or Miri in north because of employment and business opportunities from the development there in the last 25 years.

Taib said the regional corridor project, which was launched by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi in February, was an opportunity for the state government to develop the central part further through federal government support after its efforts had been hindered by prohibitive costs, especially in infrastructure development.

Stressing that the state government would employ new strategies in this corridor development, he said that Score was projected to attract more than RM300 billion worth of investments in the next 30 years.

He added that divisional residents and district officers in the state would need to work together in shaping the minds of the people within their jurisdictions to ensure they get maximum benefits from the development of the corridor project.

About 300 participants took part in the three-day conference on the theme "Sarawak Corridor Development: Reshaping Human Talents for the Future" which started yesterday. ─ Bernama

45rpm gramophone said...

Talking of kite, the champion kite maker must be the Hakka on the 1st block of Central Road 4th shop that sold marbles and also the popular gambling called Tikam Tikam. In the 70s you could see the grand childrens of the old Hakka gentleman flying huge colourful butterfly kite that no one can match.

I heard of a story that the Rajah administration intended to construct a railway track linking Binatang to some location and even the iron casting for the railway track was prepared and left in the village not far from Sarikei called Keilap. Unfortunately the war came and all the iron casting was stolen and a lot were used to make parangs.

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