Friday, August 01, 2008

Scenes - Sarikei Government Quarters

Sarikei Government Quarters, early 1970s.
Source: Ivan Ignatius


In the 1970s, the nicer concrete private abodes in Sarikei were at Tai Ping Road (late 1960s and early 1970s), Hua Tai road (completed circa 1972) and Nyelong Park (1974). The coveted government quarters were next to Repok Road between the Malay graveyard hill (opposite Methodist Church) and Siaw Ah Koon Road (next to JKR) in the picture above.


Sarikei Government Quarters, Customs, 2006
Source: Jimmy Ong



Sarikei Government Quarters, Customs, 2006
Source: Jimmy Ong



Sarikei Government Quarters, Customs, 2006
Source: Jimmy Ong


More government quarters mushroomed in the 1980s and 1990s. Can anyone help to identify the location of these government quarters?


Sarikei Government Quarters, 2006
Jalan Bangunan Kerajaan
Source: Jimmy Ong



Sarikei Government Quarters, 2007
Jalan Bangunan Kerajaan


The government quarters at Jalan Bangunan Kerajaan were completed around the 1979 together with the State and Federal Government Complexes. The quarters were tucked away in between lush tropical trees and mowed grass.


Sarikei Government Quarters, 2006
Jalan Bangunan Kerajaan.
Find the ventilation holes.
Source: Jimmy Ong



Sarikei Government Quarters, 2007
Lush tropical trees with parasitic plants
Jalan Bangunan Kerajaan



Sarikei Government Quarters, 2007
Jalan Bangunan Kerajaan



Sarikei Government Quarters, 2007
Jalan Bangunan Kerajaan



The area came with a tennis court to boot. Tennis was a luxury sports in the 1980s and 1990s. Every now and then, you might get a stray tennis ball booming towards your home but that's a small price to pay for the novelty. *Crash! Boing!*

4 comments:

45rpm said...

The oldest government quarters were those surround the old wooden hospital by Nyelong River. Earliest government servant like Siaw Ah Khoon stay in the one by Nyelong River and opposite the wooden hospital area. 光生 Kong San who was incharge of food distribution and logistic live in the one before wooden hospital. The others were occupied by custom clerk, Police constable etc., total number around 20 of such wooden build houses.

Private individual also can apply for a piece of land behind Kwang Chien 廣建 area to build their own private home. Like the one behind Kwang Chien at the corner that was owned by a Hokkien vegetable seller who applied and got the piece of land for 80 Sarawak dollar and to keep the budget low the house was build from recycle wood demolished from wooden shop houses 3rd & 4th block Repok Left and Right in the early 1950s.

Daniel Yiek said...

I heard when the Wharf Road concrete shops were up, wood from the old wooden Wharf Road shops was recycled to build the wooden Repok Road shops. Can anyone verify this?

Does anyone know the Dutch Father Vergeer of Mill Hill who was based in Sarikei. Which years were he in Sarikei? 1960s? See his new interview here:

http://www.theborneopost.com/?p=38289

gammerth said...

Thanks for sharing. You've done very very well about Sarikei. Those historical photo are brilliant!

Daniel Yiek said...

Gammerth,
Welcome! If you have any old S'kei pics, pls email me.

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