There was talk to build an esplanade along Sarikei River like the Rejang River and Nyelong River Esplanades. Does anyone know whether this is still in the works? It's ironic that Sarikei River is the last of the three rivers to have an esplanade because this was the cradle of Sarikei civilisation (at least the recorded version).
Sarikei River 2007
View from Sarikei River Bridge
View towards Jakar
What do you want to include in the Sarikei River Esplanade? Let's take the opportunity to try something different. The Rejang River Esplanade has the Pineapple statue. The Nyelong River Esplanade has the cleanest district council managed public toilet in Malaysia, not to mention its artsy floral motifs.
We may want to honour the history of Sarikei at Sarikei River with statues of Datuk Patinggi Abdul Rahman and Sherip Masahor. The statues must have plaques that explains their stories. We may also want to add a statue of the barn swallow, the former icon of Sarikei and a statue of a pepper vine that brought economic benefits to Sarikei in the days of yore.
I propose a boardwalk (Singapore example below) with belian ironwood through the mangrove swamp with plaques along the way to explain the ecosystem of this habitat... the air roots of the mangrove plants, the nipah palms, the kamat crabs and their mounds, the bigger mud crabs, the mud skippers, the fishes, the birds, the traditional Malay kampung house on stilts, the silt in the muddy river, etc. You will be surprised that even some of the locals do not know this.
What appears normal to locals can be a novel experience to ecotourists. What is that skipping on the mud?!?