A higher ranking manager came out of the office and asked, "Are you a reporter?"
"No, I'm not. I'm a writer who promotes Sarikei and its heritage on the internet."
"Are you from Sarikei? I have not seen you before."
"Of course lah. I left Sarikei to study in Sydney and I'm working in Singapore now."
He was kind enough to show me around the office and let me take pictures out of their windows. I had never seen Sarikei from these angles. Here you go. *Wink*
In the foreground is the Agricultural Department - the site of the first public library (now demolished). You can not miss the imposing telecom tower. Next to it is the newer double storey Post Office (the building with a box like structure on the top). For those from Kwang Chien school (brown roof), check out the newer 3-storey block and the covered basketball court at the back door. Find the shop block behind the District Council where the popular Dr. Yap clinic was.
What's the empty plot of land next to the Kwang Chien basketball court for? Another shop block? The road leading to Methodist Primary School (the tower with the blue roof) is Jalan Bersatu. Check out the 1970s government quarters between Jalan Bersatu and Siaw Ah Koon Road (next to JKR; not shown).
This picture was featured before under the furniture row post. The bold yellow shop is the Mammoth store. Another big shop is 大眾 Public Furniture Showroom where you can even find quality furniture imported from China.
Sarikei folks have come a long way to move up the pyramid of life. Most Sarikei denizens have fulfilled the basic needs of food and shelter at the bottom of the pyramid and are going after lifestyle wants. All Sarikei folks should always remember this humble quote from one of the history articles:
Sarikei downtown was then just a "small and exceedingly dirty Chinese bazaar and Malay kampung".