Thursday, December 18, 2008

Scenes - Sarikei Mosque 1960s-2007

Sarikei Mosque 1960s or earlier
Jalan Masjid Lama

In the 1960s, Jalan Masjid Lama (Old Mosque Road) in front of the Ngiu Kee department store stretch was called Jalan Masjid (as seen in 1974 advertisements of old shops). This is because the original wooden mosque (1932-1982) was situated at the location of Sugar Bun.

Sarikei Mosque. 25 Nov 1971
Ketua Menteri Sarawak Datuk Patinggi Abdul Rahman Yaakob (Tun Abdul Rahman)'s visit

The Muslim graveyard is still behind Ngiu Kee department store. There was another Muslim graveyard on a small hill (about 20 feet high) opposite Methodist Church. The hill had been flattened to make way for blocks of shops. Can Malay readers please check with your elders whether there's a very old graveyard on a hill by the Sarikei River somewhere after the old Sarikei Hospital. That could be the location of the Siriki village of one of the earliest recorded Sarikei pioneers, Datuk Patinggi Abdul Rahman, in the 1840s.

The original wooden mosque was renovated as can be seen in the above 1971 picture.

Sarikei Mosque 1979 - 1983
View from Century Road
Source: Sarawak in Pictures

One of the most grandest buildings in most Malaysia towns is the local mosque with its elaborate dome, minaret and prayer hall. If you go past the mosque during prayer time, you can hear the iman leading the prayer.

Sarikei Mosque 2004
View from Century Road

Sarikei Mosque, Feb 2007
Jalan Masjid Baru

Sarikei Mosque, Oct 2007
Jalan Masjid Baru
New coat of paint

This newer mosque (Masjid Al-Mutaqqin in Sarikei) at Jalan Masjid Baru (New Mosque Road) was completed in 1979 and it can accommodate 2000. See a photo gallery. Click here. 

It was officially opened in 1983 by Yang di-Pertua Negeri Sarawak ke 4 (Yang Amat Berbahagia Tun Datuk Patinggi Haji Abdul Rahman Ya'kub)

There was a smaller mosque at Allamanda Road in the new residential area of Kampung Seberang across Sarikei River but it moved to Jalan Melur in 2009/2010

Sarikei Mosque, 2007
Source: Costner Voon

Does any reader have any other interesting information about the old and new mosques?


nelson said...

There is another surau in the kampungs somewhere behind chicken king restaurant.

Anonymous said...

Speaking about the chicken king, anyone knows how they are doing? I've seen hardly any customer there.

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