Monday, March 09, 2009

News - Sarikei Viewing Tower

In the days of yore, Sarikei had plenty of water at our three rivers (Rejang River, Sarikei River and Nyelong River) but not a drop to drink because it's salty. Water had to be drawn from the fresh water of upper Rejang River and transported by boat to the old Sarikei wharf near the current police station. The water is then pumped up into the water tank built by the Brooke administration near the current police station at Market Road. Folks had to buy water from this source and some hired coolies to transport water to their shops on a daily basis. A coolie would carry water using a bamboo pole to balance two buckets in front and two behind precariously. (Source: Reader Lidasar)

Sarikei Water Tank at Lake Garden, 2007

This practice went on until pipes were installed in the 1950s. Initially water was drawn from Jakar but during dry spells, the tap water became very salty and water had to be brought in by trucks to the current location of JKR at Jalan Siaw Ah Khoon. Town folks had to collect water using containers on a bicycle, a 3-wheeler or a 4-wheeler push cart. This went on until the Water Board changed the water source to Penghulu Eman's home base at Sungai Bayong in the 1960s. (source: Reader Lidasar)

Sarikei Water Tank at Lake Garden, 2007

The old water tank was a boxy metallic design on a hill at the current Lake Garden location. It's a deeper version of those water tanks at Kampung Seberang at Jalan Rentap. In the mid 1980s (?), it was replaced by this water tank (now defunct). Does anyone know where Sarikei gets its water from now and where is the water stored?

Can this water tower be converted into a viewing tower like the Civic Centre in Kuching? Your wish has been granted. Read on ...

Sarikei Viewing Tower news
Source: Borneo Post, 7 March 2009
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nelson said...

facelift is needed to beautify sarikei but the money must be well spent for sarkei does not have much money allocation.

nelson said...

another nice magazine for you to download.

Kenny Ngu said...

i stil remember there are many bees upstairs. viewing tower? later kena bite by the bees.

Daniel Yiek said...

By Andy Chua

SIBU: Booking for the RV Orient Pandaw Rajang River Cruise is already full for this year and beyond the expectation of the company, the Irrawaddy Flotilla Company.
The founder of Pandaw Cruises, Paul Strachan, in an email to Eastern Times yesterday, said although the Pandaw Cruise would only start in July, bookings for the upcoming cruise was already full.
He said response was that overwhelming due to the active selling of the cruise by company to their long established list of clients who had experienced such cruise in Vietnam and Cambodia.
“It seems that hundreds of our old passengers are just waiting for a really exciting new product like this to come along,” he said, adding that Pandaw Cruise was also actively promoting stop-over in the state capital of Kuching and other towns in Sarawak to be added to the Rejang river cruise.
The cruise would be Malaysia’s first luxurious cruise when the Pandaw Cruise began operation in July this year.
Operated by on the RV Orient Pandaw, a ship that is a replica of the old colonial river steamer, this cruise will sail along the Rejang River.
The RV Orient, with 30 staterooms, will make a nine-day voyage along the Rejang which is adorned with picturesque scenery provided by the lush rainforest and longhouses by the riverbank.
The founder of Pandaw Cruises ,Paul Strachan, described the journey as a rich eco paradise and this is a true reflection of Sarawak’s new destination tagline “Sarawak-the paradise within”.
Starting from Sibu,the cruise will sail up-river to smaller towns of Kanowit and Kapit before turning into Rejang River’s main tributary of Balleh and heading towards the Pelagus Rapid.
From Pelagus, the cruise will return downstream to the town of Song and continue on to Sarikei and Tanjung Manis towns before returning to Sibu.
Apart from stopping and enjoying the rustic attractions in Sibu, Kanowit, Song, Kapit, Sarikei and Tanjung Manis, passengers can also take a smaller boat to visit the longhouses and enjoy the hospitality of the Iban community living along the river.
Steeped in tradition, the Ibans are known for their friendliness and rich cultural heritage. Other activities that passengers can do during the cruise include jungle trekking and visit to farmland where fruits, rice and pepper are grown. For the adventurous ones, they can also go shooting the rapid. Sibu is accessible by direct flights from Kuala Lumpur, Kota Kinabalu and Kuching provided by Malaysia Airlines and Air Asia.
The flight from Kuching to Sibu only takes an hour and Kuching being the main gateway to Sarawak, is also connected by direct flight from Brunei, Jakarta, Pontianak, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Kota Kinabalu.
These flights are currently operated by Malaysia Airlines, Royal Brunei Airlines, Air Asia, Tiger Airways and Batavia air. In March Kuching will see another airline, Jetstar Asia, making a direct flight into the city from Singapore.

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