Thursday, August 27, 2009

History - Sarikei Kwang Chien School 1950s

Kwang Chien's student enrolment increased every year and in 1930, a wooden building was built in Kubu Road. Kubu Road (not Jalan Kubu Lama) was the road in front of the old Sarikei District Office and later renamed to the current Nyelong Road. Was the school entrance at Kubu Road?

Sarikei Kwang Chien School 1950s

The cost was RM$12K, a huge sum in the old days but help came in from the community including the sales commission of black pepper contributing RM$1 per ton.

The canteen was on the ground floor of the wooden building. The canteen was operated by Mr Yong and wife. They were also the caretaker of the school. The school was closed during the 2nd World War from 1944 to 1946.

In the early 1970s, assembly was held on Monday on level one in this building. On Level one there was staff room, a store, 2 table tennis tables and benches to sit during assembly. Students were advised not to venture up to Level 2 as it was Mr Tie's (teacher) hostel and most part of the floor was not safe to walk on.

This wooden building was demolished in the early-mid 1970s (year?).

The first concrete block was built in 1952 with an entrance at Jalan Getah.


Greenspot said...

Hi Daniel,

I remember my Form 2 English and Geography teacher in Sacred Heart School, the late Mr Lee Ah Boon told us that he studied in Japanese at Sarikei kwang Chien Primary School during the second World war.


Daniel Yiek said...

Thanks for the feedback. Yes, there were 3 schools teaching Japanese during WWII. You can read the post by clicking on the World War II label on the sidebar.

Daniel Yiek said...

Got this email from a reader below. Looks like the address was listed as Kubu Rd because Jalan Getah was just a dirt road (probably with no name) off Kubu Rd then.

There was a macadamised dirt road (Editor's note: Jalan Getah) located at between the old district office and the town council (municipal) building, joining Kubu road at one end and another road leading to the government staff quarters.

There was also a trodden path from this dirt road to the old prison at somewhere near Siaw Ah Khoon Road.

During Japanese occupation, we went to school with our bare feet (kaki ayam) so the muddy road during the rainny season would not cause any inconvenience to us at all as we coud always washed our feet at a well beside the school before entering the classrooms.

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