December 2008 was a busy month in Sarikei. The Sarawak Exhibition (7-20th Dec) at the Civic Centre followed closely on the heels of the Sarikei Pineapple Festival (1st-7th Dec). The objective of this exhibition was to show 45 years of progress of Sarawak in Malaysia.
The above pictures show the big political personalities in Sarawak's history. There are also several pictures of old Sarikei which I will not post here since they have been featured before in this blog. There are 2 interesting pictures of old Sarikei which I will leave for part 2.
This dragon boat has unmistakable motifs that signify Sarawak. Not many states in Malaysia have such a rich culture of diversity, let alone their own motifs. This is something Sarawakians should take pride in. It's like when you see the aboriginal arts of Australia, your mind have an immediate connection to the land Down Under. It's like Sarawak's branding but it's something that Sarawak Tourism needs to continue to promote.
These nolstalgic showcases depict old style sundry shops and a coffee shop (kopitiam) in Sarawak. If Sarikei gets our own museum, there should be similar showcases like this but based on our own history. A call for donation of historic articles and volunteers will easily invoke the passion of Sarikei denizens. When will we get our own museum to educate the tourists and interest the locals to take pride in our roots and heritage? After all, our history is the richest and most colorful in Sarawak after Kuching.
This banner stated "Our dreams fulfilled. 45 years of Sarawak's progress in Malaysia". This blog is not an appropriate forum for debate on this. At this time of the year, people tend to sit back and reflect. I will leave you to ponder on where Sarikei is heading on this journey ...