Saturday, September 27, 2008

History - Sarikei Cantonese Association. Part V.

Source: Sarikei Cantonese Association 122th Anniversary Issue, Dec 2007


The Sarikei Cantonese Association is the second oldest one in Sarawak after the Kuching Cantonese Association. Let's conclude our journey of its progress here...


Woman's Group Activities Snapshot
Source: Sarikei Cantonese Association 122th Anniversary Issue, Dec 2007


1988-1993: Setting up Youth and Woman's Groups
The Youth Group and Woman's Group were set up in 1988 and 1993 respectively. Both have been active in organising activities for members. The enthusiasm of the youths complemented the wisdom and experience of the older folks. The youths also form a nucleus for the succession plan.


New Shophouse Official Opening at Merdeka Road, 1980.
Source: Sarikei Cantonese Association 122th Anniversary Issue, Dec 2007


Decision Making Meeting on buying a new shophouse, 2006
Sarikei Cantonese Association 122th Anniversary Issue, Dec 2007
Source: Sin Chew Daily News 星洲日報 , 8 Jan 2006



New Shophouse at Tiang Soon Heights, Petelit, 2007
Sarikei Cantonese Association 122th Anniversary Issue, Dec 2007


2006: Buying new Shophouse
On 7 Jan 2006, the association approved a motion to purchase a new shophouse in Tiang Soon 天順 Heights Gardens, Petelit (across Sarikei River bridge). Due to a lack of funds, a fund raising drive was initiated by temengong Chan Pak Seng 陳柏勝. The shophouse was bought in Dec 2006. The third floor was renovated for use by the association while the first and ground floor were rented out to generate income. The shophouse was officially opened on 15 Dec 2006.


Sare Memorial Construction: Official announcement.
Sarikei Cantonese Association 122th Anniversary Issue, Dec 2007.
Source: Sin Chew Daily News 星洲日報 , 7 Aug 2007



Sare Memorial Construction: Ground Breaking, 2007.
Source: Sarikei Cantonese Association 122th Anniversary Issue, Dec 2007


2007: Constructing Sare history monument
On 7 March 2007, a suggestion was raised to build a history monument at Sare with pictures to commemorate the different phases of Cantonese in Sarikei. The memorial was expected to be completed in March 2008. The phases were:

  • Phase 1: 19th century: The arrival of the Cantonese pioneers at Sare. Their primary livelihood was based on "red wood". A kong si house was build to take care of the welfare of the community.
  • Phase 2: Early 20th century: The Cantonese cultivated rubber trees as a longer term investment to increase income.
  • Phase 3: 1930s: The Cantonese planted pepper vines. The village gradually progressed.
  • Phase 4: 1970s: The Cantonese diversified their crops to include cocoa. The first cocoa was planted by Chan Seng Lei 陳成立 and Lee Pak Foo 李柏扶 and others.

Sarikei Cantonese Association Scholarship 1975.
Source: Sarikei Cantonese Association 122th Anniversary Issue, Dec 2007


Sarikei Cantonese Association Scholarship 2006
Sarikei Cantonese Association 122th Anniversary Issue, Dec 2007
Source: Sin Chew Daily News 星洲日報 , 7 May 2006


  • Phase 5: 1990s: The thinking of the Cantonese went through significant changes with strong emphasis on the education of their offsprings. This resulted in higher education for many.
  • Phase 6: 2000s: Under the leadership of tememgong Chan Pak Seng 陳柏勝, the community march forward with confidence.

I don't know about you but I plan to to go to Sare on my next trip back to look at the Sare memorial (armed with the knowledge of its history translated here from the 122th Anniversary magazine), the first Cantonese grave and the location of the first kongsi (aka the first Cantonese Association) by the wild durian tree at the Sare river.

2 comments:

Daniel Yiek said...

I was flipping thru the 122th Anniversary magazine and I have to say that the association is doing a good job in marketing its activities via the press (example: Sin Chew Daily News 星洲日報). Hmm..in marketing terms, this is called public relations(PR).

Maybe the Youth Group can establish a website for the newer generation (bi or tri-lingual, not just Mandarin). Also would be great to tap the community's family albums for old pictures and digitise them on the internet before the black and white photos get damaged.

45rpm said...

The 1975 photo, could see 赵文佑, 孙耀民, 李永泉, sitting side by side. Compare the 1955 photo of 孙耀民, 李永泉 , 20 years gap make a big difference.

The 1980 photo, The two early worker of 廣合興 standing side by side, both are Mr.Lee one is 李永泉and the other you can just call him 四公. The eldest son of 廣合興 is sitting most prominently wearing a black suit of course.

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