Thursday, June 18, 2009

View - Sarikei 1970s

Sarikei Rejang River View, 1970s
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Sarikei Rejang River View, 1970s
Source: cooknengr


These snapshots were extracted from a rare 1970s video captured on probably the only home video equipment in town then. The first sight you catch of Sarikei from Rejang River in the 1970s was the former telecom tower that looked like the Chinese character for leaf 葉 because it had a circular platform at the top.


Sarikei Rejang River View, 1970s
Wharf Road on Left; Bank Road on Right
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Sarikei Rejang River View, early 1970s before 1974
Wharf Road on Left; Repok Road in the middle; Bank Road on Right
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These pictures were from the early 1970s before the 1974 clock tower was built for the governor's birthday celebrations. Of course, you can not find the 1980s pineapple statue or the Rejang River Esplanade. Find the Shell petrol station on the left.


Sarikei Rejang River View, early 1970s before 1974
Repok Road in the middle; Bank Road on Right
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Sarikei Rejang River Terminal 1; early 1970s before 1974
Bank Road in background
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Note the row of hawker stalls in front of the Bank Road block. That's where you could buy piping hot soy bean drinks scooped from a stainless drum, deep fried sticks of dough (yu tiao), traditional steamed cakes (kuih) and glutinous rice in banana leaves (panggang). The steamed cakes include pink and white layered kuih, coconut shavings in pandan rolls, red ang ku kuih, etc. The ding pian hu stall was at the extreme right stall in the picture. You could just park your bikes in front of the stall, jump onto a simple bench and trigger the reward system in your brain for the simple pleasures of life.


Sarikei Rejang River Terminal 1; early 1970s before 1974
Bank Road in background
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Sarikei Rejang River Terminal 1; early 1970s before 1974
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This was how Rejang River Terminal 1 looked like before the interim terminal (1st Sep 1991) and the current terminal (14 Apr 2001). There were two bridges linking to the pontoon. Each bridge was made up of 2 wooden sections connected to a middle cement section which was piled deep into the mud. The front section was fixed but the second section was left to bob according to the tide. The second sections of both bridges were connected to a floating pontoon which still exists today.


Sarikei Repok Road, early 1970s before 1974
Rejang River in background
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Sarikei Repok Road, early 1970s before 1974
Rejang River in background; Rex cinema on Right.
View from Methodist Church
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Firstly, note that the popular Rex cinema was still in operation. Then zoom your eyes to the overhead electric cables where the swarms of swallows came to rest at night after their feast on insects attracted by the bright lights. Finally find those old cars that had the luxury of parking in wide slanting lots unlike the parking woes of today.


Sarikei Repok Road (rural), 1970s
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Jakar, 1970s
Jakar River in foreground
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As you drove along Repok Road, it was normal to find bicyclists along the way. People were more patient with their driving then. What was there to rush? You were just going for a relaxing spin to the 7th mile town of Jakar and a U-turn back to Sarikei for your kam pua noodle in your regular kopitiam haunt. No handphones, no email, no chat and no facebook. Somehow your friends knew where to find you before you finished your kopi-O.

Now enjoy the Super 8mm home movie from youtube (Source: cooknengr)


3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Wow!! This clip is classic!! The background rolling sounds is original? Or added?

JW

Daniel Yiek said...

The background rolling sound should be real as this was the 1970s.

Yan said...

These are all familiar scenes to me - I was there in the 70s! And how could I forget where I had my free movie every week - the Rex Theatre or Cinema!

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